Friday, April 24, 2009

Fr. Rutler on Fr. Jaki

From the Rutler article:
Father Jaki's great lights were Newman and Chesterton, about whom he wrote books from his unique perspective as a philosopher of science, but his intellectual father was Pierre Duhem, mathematician and physicist. He even wrote a book about Duhem's hobby of painting landscapes. That spectacular French pioneer in thermodynamics and hydrodynamics paved the way for Father Jaki's perception of the essential role of Christianity, and in particular medieval scholastics such as Oresme, in providing the mental and cultural matrix for the development of modern physics.
In electing Newman and Duhem and Chesterton for mental fraternity, he was organizing in subconscious hope what might be a convivium in the heavens of the Savior of Science.
Read it all here.


  1. I'm embarrassed to say I had never heard of Fr. Jaki until he was mentioned on this blog. But then I had never heard of Chesterton until I was channel surfing and found Dale and "The Apostle of Common Sense" on EWTN. Thanks for introducing me to Fr. Jaki and I'm looking forward the the Chesterton convivium in Seattle in August!

  2. BC, I recommend you get Jaki's Chesterton a Seer of Science which will give you a great introduction to Jaki as well as some amazing insights into GKC.


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