The Flame Imperishable
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The Flame Imperishable

By Jonathan S. McIntosh
Product Code: 9781621383154

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J. R. R. Tolkien was a profoundly metaphysical thinker, and one of the most formative influences on his imagination, according to this new study of his works, was the great thirteenth-century theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. Organized around Tolkien's Middle-earth creation myth, the Ainulindal, The Flame Imperishable follows the thought of Aquinas as a guide in laying bare the deeper foundations of many of the more familiar themes from Tolkien's legendarium, including sub-creation, free will, evil, and happy endings. 

More than just using Aquinas to throw a light on Tolkien, this study concludes that, through its appropriation of many of the philosophical and theological insights of Aquinas, what Tolkien's literary opus achieves is an important and unique landmark in the history of Thomism itself, offering an imaginative and powerful contemporary retrieval, interpretation, and application of Thomistic metaphysics for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Paperback, 306 pages.

 
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