Religion: Pilgrim of the Absolute

"I have given my life to St. Thomas, and labor to spread his doctrine. For I, too, want intelligence to be taken from the Devil and returned to God." So wrote Philosopher Jacques Maritain to Poet Jean Cocteau 47 years ago. And when Maritain died on April 28, at the age of 90, no modern Roman Catholic had done more than this French layman to make the mind a subtly flashing sword in the defense of faith.

He called himself "a man God has turned inside out like a glove," and he had that...

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