Delving into the principles of nature, the principles of “coming to be,” the Physics raises questions that are foundational for thoughts about everything: Do things have natures? What is motion? What is time? St. Thomas masterfully explains and builds on Aristotle‘s treatment of matter and form, place and void, motion and time, before finally concluding with the demonstration of the existence of the First Unmoved Mover: “And thus the Philosopher ends his general discussion of natural things with the first principle of the whole of nature, who is over all things, God, blessed forever, Amen.”
The science of nature is not the highest science, and yet, through our love and study of nature, we can begin to learn and to know what is from God: indeed, it is not too much to say that in natural science, we have a foretaste of that higher science whereby we hold what we now have by faith but will later have by vision. “For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists” (Wis 13:1).
A Brief Note on Pre-Orders
Earlier this year, the Aquinas Institute announced the publication of two new volumes, the Commentary on Psalms and the Commentary on Isaiah. Usually after a release, hard copies of the volumes are delivered within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, in addition to the supply chain issues that have affected just about every industry, the mill that produces our book covers was recently destroyed in a fire, temporarily bringing our production process to a halt.
Although our suppliers are working very hard to get production back up and running, the printing of our books has been unavoidably delayed. There is some hope that the delay will only be a couple more months, and we are working assiduously to get the hard copies to print and into the hands of all who have placed a pre-order as quickly as possible. Thankfully, the fire has not set back our publication timeline, and we will continue to move forward with offering pre-order options for our volumes even as the printing catches up. We apologize for the delays and thank you sincerely for your patience and support.