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Aquinas's Shorter Summa St. Thomas Aquinass Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica [Paperback]

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Two years before he died, St. Thomas Aquinas - probably the greatest teacher the Church has ever known - was asked by his assistant, Brother Reginald, to write a simple summary of the Faith of the Catholic Church for those who lacked the time or the stamina to tackle his massive Summa Theologica. In response, the great saint quickly set down - in language that non-scholars can understand - his peerless insights into the major topics of theology: the Trinity, Divine Providence, the Incarnation of Christ, the Last Judgment, and much more. Here, then, is not only St. Thomas's concise statement of the key elements of his thought, but a handy reference source for the essential truths of the Catholic Faith.

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From the Church's greatest theologian: the essentials of Catholic doctrine. This book contains Aquinas's simple summary of the Faith. He covers the Trinity, Providence, the Incarnation, the Last Judgment, and much more. It's a concise statement of the key doctrines and elements of the Faith.

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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Sophia Institute Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1928832431  
ISBN13  9781928832430  

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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. Latin/English Edition of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. Penguin Classics
  3. St. Joseph Picture Books (Paperback)
  4. Summa Theologiae
  5. Thomas Aquinas in Translation
  6. Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy

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St. Thomas - an excellent teacher!  Oct 22, 2007
As a late-coming student to theology and philosophy, I find St. Thomas's Concise Summa a wonderful teaching tool and resource for further understanding of the basic beliefs of Christianity. It is clear and easy to understand, and the only addtional resource I have found helpful is a dictionary of philosophical terms as I am weak in that area. Well worth your time!
The Lord Thy God is a Jealous God  Jun 19, 2007
Not to say a mean and vindictive old coward. The Blessed Saint Thomas Aquinas said, "that the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell." Is that the famous Christian charity? Or is it a kind of sadism? Aquinas also said that all heretics deserve to die, which equates to advocating the murder of billions of people. Is that charity or loving-kindness? No wonder religion is itself dying out.
STA's short summa  Mar 23, 2007
This book is a wonderful way for non intellectuals to read St. Thomas Aquinas! It has all of his inspirational and theological genius in concise and easy to read sections. A must read for all Catholics and highly recommended to non-Catholics interested in learning about the foundations of Christianity.
Understanding Aquinas clarifies other historical issues  Aug 3, 2005
I need not restate the lenghty and obvious praises of previous reviewers, they did an excellent job of summing up the work on the intellectual level.

I did however find in this work answers to many of the questions so many people ask regarding judicial, political and historical issues these days and yes even a few to fill the gaps left in a lifetime of research into the basic philosophies of other great and important historical figures.

I believe that if one really wants to understand our own country and it's founding fathers and mothers and their philosophies and where their belief systems came from a study of this work would be an essential addition to many others that they used to formulate their ideals and ideologies.

Many passages from Aquinas will stay with me for the rest of my days but the two I have chosen below will be kept readily avqailable for future consideration and contemplation.

"God alone can create. Consequently the rational soul is produced by God alone."

And, "A man's happiness or beautitude consist in the vision whereby he sees God in his essence."

One could spend a lifetime just pondering and trying to live up to just these two and it would not be in vain.

This is a book journey that every American should take. It is not the most easily understandable work, unless you take the time to really read it, not just skim it's pages.

One must begin with a committment and determination to stay engaged at all times or a great deal of it's wisdom will pass before the minds eye unnoticed.

An excellent work.
Massive Summary of Christian Truths  Nov 16, 2004
I am a begginer, 22 years old, in the field of christianity. I've been a believer for 4 years now, but up until recently I am developing interest in a more profound study of Christian Faith.

This book looks quite tempting to read on... but, from my perspective, its surely not an easy read; its dense and surely profound. To be sincere, its too philosophycal for my taste and lacks more day-to-day ilustrations that could make the reading more pleasant and easy to remember.

I don't under estimate the scope and richness of St.Thomas, but for begginers I recomend trying C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity.

God Bless!

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