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Summa Theologiae: A Concise Translation [Paperback]

By Thomas Aquinas (Author) & Timothy McDermott (Editor)
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Aquinas's synthesis of the Bible, Augustine, and Aristotle is one of the greatest intellectual feats in the history of the church. Although Aquinas's learning and logic are awesome, McDermott has managed to capture all in modern readable prose and faithfully pare the essence to one-sixth its original length!

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'Summa Theologiae' ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought."

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Studio: Christian Classics
Pages   712
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.02" Height: 1.51"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1997
Publisher   Christian Classics
Series  Christian Classics - Ave Maria Press  
ISBN  0870612107  
ISBN13  9780870612107  

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Thomas Aquinas Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between faith and reason, calling into question the modus vivendi that had obtained for centuries. This crisis flared up just as universities were being founded. Thomas, after early studies at Montecassino, moved on to the University of Naples in 1244, where he met members of the new Dominican Order. It was at Naples too that Thomas had his first extended contact with the new learning. When he joined the Dominican Order he went north to study with Albertus Magnus, author of a paraphrase of the Aristotelian corpus. Thomas completed his studies at the University of Paris, which had been formed out of the monastic schools on the Left Bank and the cathedral school at Notre Dame. In two stints as a regent master Thomas defended the mendicant orders and, of greater historical importance, countered both the Averroistic interpretations of Aristotle and the Franciscan tendency to reject Greek philosophy. The result was a new modus vivendi between faith and philosophy which survived until the rise of the new physics. The Catholic Church has over the centuries regularly and consistently reaffirmed the central importance of Thomas's work for understanding its teachings concerning the Christian revelation, and his close textual commentaries on Aristotle represent a cultural resource which is now receiving increased recognition.

He was formally canonized in 1323.

Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 and died in 1274.

Thomas Aquinas has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dumb Ox Books' Aristotelian Commentaries
  2. Latin/English Edition of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas
  3. Penguin Classics
  4. St. Joseph Picture Books (Paperback)
  5. Summa Theologiae
  6. Thomas Aquinas in Translation
  7. Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy

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Reviews - What do customers think about Summa Theologiae: A Concise Translation?

ok  Sep 15, 2005
I am not crazy about this book simply because it is a Concise translation. Otherwise it is a fine work. If you arent familiar with the scholastic set up or how it works this is probably the work for you, or are a "casual" reader of Thomas perhaps. I cannot quite imagine a casual reader of Thomas but thats ok. I would definitely recomend at least looking at the real thing at least once. The Benziger Bros. edition is probably one of the best, it keeps the scholastic structure that is, I think, so important especially for philosophical work. As someone familiar with medieval scholastic philosophy I could hardly imagine trying to slog through Thomas without the inherent structure to the argument that the scholastic form brings to it which is pretty much the part that gets sacrificed for conciseness in this version.
An Expanded Index  Apr 5, 2003
As a research student in philosophy and a Catholic priest I have found this volume invaluable. It sits on my shelf next to my five volume 1950 Leonine edition of the Summa and acts as an expanded index. This is undoubtedly its greatest value: when seeking something in the Summa the ability to lift down this one volume, look for the appropriate text and check a summary of the Questions before turning to the real thing. I would additionally recommend it to all philosophy students and those interested in Catholic Philosophy and Theology as a text which can stand alone and whet the interest in this great thinkers magnum opus.
Thumbnail of the Summa  Nov 7, 2002
This is an impressive book. It is a collection of all of the "I answer that" sections of the Summa Theologica. This gives you a supreme one-volume version of Thomas' affirmative thought on Catholic Theology and Philosophy. This is a great "Thumbnail" and "introduction" to the hefty five-volume opus that many people love, but few have read.

There are only two deficiencies with this volume. It does not have any commentary that other Thomistic books have, such as "A Summa of the Summa." Secondly, it omits the rather fascinating interplay of ideas that characterizes all of Thomas' works. Aquinas was agile at confronting and assimilating opposing ideas. He was able to intellectually met steel to steel, and this is what makes him a mental giant.

This book is good for Catholics who want to know their religion, or anyone who is not Catholic (as I am), who can appreciate a genius when he or she works

A must for students  Jul 16, 2000
While any rigorous Thomistic scholarship obviously requires reference to Aquinas' unabridged works, this translation and abridgment is ideal for introducing students to Aquinas' thought. It allows students access to primary source material which would otherwise be too voluminous for easy consumption in an introductory setting. While scholars may debate the correctness of some of the translation, that is an issue for almost any translated text. Hence, I utilize this text myself in teaching Aquinas and highly recommend it to others looking for their first exposure to the Angelic Doctor's supreme achievment.
A very clear and concise translation!  Dec 14, 1998
For those of us who do not have the time to physically sit down and read all five books of the Summa, this is most certainly the closest you will come to consuming the real thing! I found this after I had began to read the first few chapters and nothing comes so close to capturing the essence of Aquinas's writings so thouroughly (and in only a sixth of the size of the original)! This book is a must for the true Thomistic scholar!

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