- By Thomas Aquinas

Summa Theologica

  • Title: Summa Theologica
  • Author: Thomas Aquinas
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Summa Theologica Summa Theologica is Thomas Aquinas greatest work and is still since its writing hundreds of years ago still a centerpiece in the area of Christian Philosophy This edition contains the full text along

    Summa Theologica is Thomas Aquinas greatest work and is still since its writing hundreds of years ago still a centerpiece in the area of Christian Philosophy This edition contains the full text along with a table of contents to every part, section, question, and article for easy navigation.

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    1. A few weeks ago, after nearly three and a half years of on and off reading, I finally finished St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. It is a monumental work, which in printed form extends over five volumes and three thousand densely printed pages. So it is not surprising that it took me this long to finish it. The fact is, though, that I probably would have never ventured into reading it cover to cover in the first place were it not for electronic publishing. The printed version costs $150, wh [...]

    2. One of my favorite books. I am reading it for the second time now. Aquinas is incredibly important but ill-suited to our microwave and fast-food culture: he must be digested slowly, not scarfed down on one’s tailgate in the stadium parking lot :-)Prospective readers should really have at least a minimal grasp of Aristotle. They should also possess the minimal intellectual virtue required to focus on something other than their own obsessions with pelvic issues, if they have them. I am dismayed [...]

    3. I read selections from the summa (Aquinas on Nature and Grace, A. M. Fairweather), and while at times I found it confusing, I thought it was mostly absolutely illuminating. By reading this book I was not only able to understand better who God is, but what He did for us.

    4. Every Sperm is Sacred: Aquinas on the Permissibility of Sex ActsIn Question 154 of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas explores how lust constitutes an immoral act. He proposes that a sex act is not immoral in itself, but that its permissibility depends on the “right reason” or appropriateness of the matter involved. Because the man is the agent in a sex act while the woman is “by way of matter,” the woman’s status as property of a male and, by extension, the couple’s suitability to raise [...]

    5. 204 days. It's done. Well, I say it's done - I did skip or lightly skim over large swathes of it, and after about a third of the way through I started just ignoring the objections/replies as I found them confusing. Some parts made me cry 'Amen, brother' aloud; some parts were a real challenge to me personally; some parts caused serious head-desk collisions ('how could you possibly think that??', etc); other parts were just boggling. Still, I can now say I've done it, which not many people can.

    6. St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the greatest philosophers I have read. His structured writing and rational methodology will do incredible things to your mind.

    7. obviously i have not read all the volumes, but everytime i open them i am astoished at the depth and insights that he had. he is honestly on of my heros

    8. St. Thomas Aquinas was a beautiful human being, and his approach to Socratic Philosophy (which dominated the minds of his counterparts) blended with Unique Spiritual incite is breath-taking. I recommend it to the world especially if you're looking for a pure (if slightly slanted) view on Life, Love & the Divine. Cheers to You and Your Road through this Life! :)

    9. A collection of Christian books is incomplete without Summa Theologica. St. Thomas Aquinas clearly structured this masterpiece with a humble consideration of potential readers. With each chapter broken down into specific subjects, and each .

    10. As with most works of this length and breadth, you're better off reading it in the original Latin, even if it means you have to (and I confess I had to) keep an unabridged Latin-English dictionary nearby, and not merely for when you get bogged down with the ethical dative. With that said, Aquinas goes through periods of mild contempt in American Catholic scholastic opinion, yet always survives his critics; and it is actually impossible to understand John Paul II's, and Benedict XVI's, theologica [...]

    11. Ah, Brother Thomas, where to begin? I read the concise translation, which was elegantly written and (naturally) concise. I would have been interested to see where his discussion of the sacrament of penitence went, but I guess we'll never know. I wonder what really happened to him on that fateful St Nicholas Day. It's a beautiful work, and I think the sections that affected me most were the passages on human emotion and the soul. Summa is a treasure and its title truly explains itself.

    12. Haven't actually read all of it, but most of it, and its free on-line. Archaic to read, of course, but the use of logic and reason is fantastic. He beat Newton by 400 years on at least one of the Laws of Physics, and described the notions of potential vs kinetic energy.

    13. I got this as a christmas present. I liked it, but a LOT of the theology is simply outdated for our modern world. I have not read the entire thing of course, I just look up sections now and again.

    14. no, not saying i read each word of every volume, but have used them all over the past 3 years for research and they are awesome.

    15. Read the vast majority of the five volumes of the Summa over the course of the years. In order to understand the text well a solid background in Catholic history, theology, Greek Philosophy (Aristotle), as well as Scripture is necessary. Otherwise, the Summa is eminently readable for those who have an intellect to comprehend or appreciate. In terms of an introduction to the material, The Summa of the Summa by Peter Kreeft is helpful. The abridged version provides a picture that is beneficial for [...]

    16. Much can be said about the Angelic Doctor, Thomas Aquinas. The Summa Theologiae is, without a doubt, one of the finest treatments of theology given to the church. One cannot simply do justice to such a work in an review.However, I want to focus, in this review, on this edition of the Summa, published by the great folks at The Aquinas Institute. My short review is this: if you are going to get one copy of the Summa Theologiae, make it this one.In brief, here are a few reasons why I am convinced [...]

    17. Aside from the Bible itself, the Summa Theologica is perhaps the most informative source of information about the Christian faith than any source ever written. In it, St. Thomas Aquinas tackles pretty much every detail of the Christian faith, incorporating scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers and the writings of the ancient and medieval philosophers into the analysis. The work is divided into three books, the first of which deals with the nature of God, the second of which deals with th [...]

    18. I've seen this work described as "encyclopaedic," but I don't think that does it justice. While I don't remember it addressing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin (and I may very well have forgotten given that it's taken sixteen or so months of fairly consistent reading to get through), it covers just about any theological question you might think of and many, many more that would not have occurred to you from a 21st century vantage point.Admittedly, my interest in this work was prima [...]

    19. This has been and likely always will be the greatest theological book series I've ever read. I'm still not through it but Aquinas seems to have more philosophy to him than religion in much of his work and in that I can find a huge amount of intrigue. While I'm not generally interested in the argument for why god does or does not exist I find the argument for why man should be great to his fellow man to be maybe the most important question and this book argues for logical reasoning of the highest [...]

    20. I am plugging away on this slowly but surely. It is not likely that you can speed read this by skimming, but rather must relax and read this very slowly and stop at times to really think about what he is trying to relay to you. If you have a lot of free time to read it certainly helps. But do to wanting to learn more about my Catholic faith keeps me reading this and other things that various church fathers have left us to contemplate.

    21. The greatest philosophical/theological work ever written. (Obviously, this isn't counting the Bible) What more can one say?Extremely long. Few start it, fewer read it all the way through. Only some people can even begin to appreciate it.

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