THOMAS AQUINAS SUMMA THEOLOGICA COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED (Special Nook Edition) Catholic Church Classic Text by Thomas Aquinas Thomas of Aquin Thomas of Aquino [Dominican Order] Recommended by Pope Benedict and Catholic Church NOOKBook BESTSELLER

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THOMAS AQUINAS | SUMMA THEOLOGICA | COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED
(Special Nook Edition)

Catholic Church Classic Text
by
Thomas Aquinas | Thomas of Aquin | Thomas of Aquino [Dominican Order]

Recommended by Pope Benedict XV of the Catholic Church
(NOOKBook)


OVERVIEW

The Summa Theologiæ (Latin: Compendium of Theology or Theological Compendium; also subsequently called the Summa Theologica or simply the Summa, written 1265–1274) is the best-known work of Thomas Aquinas (c.1225–1274), and although unfinished, "one of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature." It is intended as a manual for beginners in theology and a compendium of all of the main theological teachings of the Church. It presents the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God; Creation, Man; Man's purpose; Christ; the Sacraments; and back to God.

It is famous, among other things, for its five arguments for the existence of God, the Quinque viae (Latin: five ways).

Throughout the work, Aquinas cites Sacred Scripture, Aristotle, Augustine of Hippo, and other Jewish, Greek, Roman, Christian, and Muslim scholars.

Not only has the Summa Theologica been one of the main intellectual inspirations for Thomistic philosophy, but it has also so much influenced Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy that Dante's epic poem has been called "the Summa in verse."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013003736
Publisher: Catholic Church Classics Press
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Series: Catholic Texts by Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 127,036
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (Aquino, 1225 – Fossanova, 7 March 1274), also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian Dominican priest of the Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, known as Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis, or Doctor Universalis. "Aquinas" is not a surname (hereditary surnames were not then in common use in Europe), but is a Latin adjective meaning "of Aquino", his place of birth. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy was conceived as a reaction against, or as an agreement with his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law and political theory.

Thomas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood. The works for which he is best-known are the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. As one of the 33 Doctors of the Church, he is considered the Church's greatest theologian and philosopher. Pope Benedict XV declared: "This (Dominican) Order ... acquired new luster when the Church declared the teaching of Thomas to be her own and that Doctor, honored with the special praises of the Pontiffs, the master and patron of Catholic schools."

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