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Summa Theologica 5 Vol Set [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 3020 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; New edition edition (1 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870610635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870610639
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 18 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The English edition of Summa Theologica in five volumes. Contains the complete text, the supplements, a chart showing the structure of the work, and an analytical index.

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St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica is the premier work of Catholic theology, studied at all major Catholic universities and seminaries, as well as by theologians and philosophers of religion of all denominations. Of St. Thomas' many works, this 5-volume masterpiece presents a systematic and organic treatment of several thousand important theological questions, ranging from God, the Trinity, and the nature of Christ, to the nature and psychology of the human person and the nature and mission of the Church. St. Thomas considers creation in its natural light, as well as under the operations of grace, including discussions of morality, redemption, the sacraments, and the operation of divine providence. The scope of topics is enormous, and these few hardly do justice to the contents.
The format of this work is arranged into individual articles for easy reading of St. Thomas' answers to individual questions, but there is a continuity to the way questions are raised and answered that makes the work a unified whole -- not simply a theological manual or encyclopedia, but also a profound read from cover to cover. A leading biographer of Thomas (O'Meara) has called the Summa "a cathedral of thought," which is perhaps the best description for such a short space here.
This translation has been prepared by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. This information is not evident in the on-line description, but it should be, since it is very important that the translation of the Latin is accurate and in conformity with modern usage. (I found out by searching the ISBN at the Library of Congress website). There are many translations of the Summa available, but not all are good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but Difficult 9 Mar 1998
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St. Thomas' summa is one of the most important pieces in the history of Christian and Western thought. No one can properly understand the developement of early modern philosophy and theology unless they first have a firm grasp on Aquinas and medieval scholastic thought. However, reader beware! The summa is also one of the most difficult texts to read. Make sure you read up on secondary material before attempting Thomas' own writings. You will probably be easily discouraged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENglish translation of the Summa 12 Jun 2009
This 5 volume set by the Dominican fathers of the English Province is probably the best concise translation of the summa available: ideal as an introduction to the theology of St Thomas, a concise source for references and small enough to sit on the average book shelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foundational to true knowledge 17 April 1998
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Looking for an answer to the problem of evil? Aquinas answers it, and more questions than most people think to ask. If you've never read Aquinas, get Kreeft's concise edition. If you're looking for a permanent reference for your library, this is the one.
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