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Thomas Aquinas is a Doctor of the church. He was an Italian Dominican friar and Roman Catholic priest who was an influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism. Thomas Aquinas. Thomas has written, but also a creative and even revolutionary work of Christian apologetics composed at the precise moment when Christian thought needed to be intellectually creative in order to master and assimilate the intelligence and wisdom of the Greeks and the Arabs.
In the Summa Aquinas works to save and purify the thought of the Greeks and the Arabs in the higher light of Christian Revelation, confident that all that had been rational in the ancient philosophers and their followers would become more rational within Christianity.
This exposition and defense of divine truth has two main parts: the consideration of that truth that faith professes and reason investigates, and the consideration of the truth that faith professes and reason is not competent to investigate. The exposition of truths accessible to natural reason occupies Aquinas in the first three books of the Summa. His method is to bring forward demonstrative and probable arguments, some of which are drawn from the philosophers, to convince the skeptic. At any rate, probably any lay person should have an in-depth knowledge of the Faith and be able to engage in some degree of apologetics.
Where does one get a copy of this in print? They are large paperbacks and hardcovers in two-column format.
The Summa contra Gentiles can be had from Amazon. They are normal trade paperback size softcovers in single-column format. From what I understand of the era is that by the time that a student would begin on theology, the said student would already be very well rounded in Philosophy and Rhetoric. Therefor if one already had an understanding of Aristotle and Plato, as well as mastery of Latin; then yes the Summa would be a book for beginners. Thank you for such a thoughtful and extensive response.
Summa Contra Gentiles, Used
Good, because this beginner is getting ready to plow into his works. By the way, Khalid: thank you so much for the breakdown of philosophical works!
I have often read some articles from the Summa Theologica. Of course, you need to apply your mind a little bit, but it is still not that difficult. I shall donate one 1,page Basic Writings of Aristotle volume to whoever shall read it. I was speaking about this thread to a Dominican friar a few days ago and he made a couple of comments I found interesting. So yes, it is intended for beginners, but not like it is often used today. It is intended for those who are beginning seminary or serious study towards becoming a theologian.
Did you know that St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica was intended for beginners? WesleyF January 16, , am 1. Khalid January 16, , pm 2. So, where do I start with Aristotle, and how large a stock of aspirin should I lay in? Barbkw January 16, , pm 5. Contents pp. General Introduction pp. On the Truth of the Catholic Faith. Chapter 1.
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The Office of the Wise Man pp. Chapter 2. The Author's Intention in the Present Work pp.
Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. How the Human reason is Related to the Truth of Faith pp. Chapter 9. Chapter Arguments in Proof of the Existence of God pp.
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That God Is Eternal pp. That God Is Not a Body pp.
finkchilwealthleju.tk That God Is His Essence pp. On the Divine Perfection pp. On the Likeness of Creatures to God pp.