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  • Paperback: 3022 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; New edition edition (23 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870610694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870610691
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Henriksson on 25 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Of course, as the number of pages in this volume implies, it only contains a small portion of the entire Summa, namely Treatise on the angels and Treatise on the work of the six days. It is a reprint of the Burns Oates and Washbourne edition. The text itself is flawless. However, I find it somewhat awkward that Amazon or the publisher does not state the exact contents of the volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Gleeson on 28 Dec. 2014
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Wonderful teaching but poor production. I used this set for 8 years so it served me well but it was not easy to read due to small, dense print. The translation is that of the English Dominicans some 60 years ago and I have no complaints about that translation but the print looks as though it is the same period. We have become used to good printing on non-porous paper. Could someone please tell me if the latest Ave Maria hardback edition of 2000 is a vast improvement before I part with a considerable sum of money! I have the Kindle edition but that has no proper references for the Questia and is not suitable for academic purposes.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
mind boggling masterpiece 2 Aug. 2000
By louis smith - Published on
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Thomas Aquinas has written a masterwork. Using the method of looking at the objections to a subject, then looking at the arguments for it, he comes up with the answer to many difficult theological and philosophical questions. He discusses who God is, the nature of man and his place in the universe, the signs of the hebrews concerning the end of days, the nature of the soul, what happens to the universe after Christs second coming, and a wealth of fascinating and intresting insights in the christian religion. The book is dense with information just waiting to be mined. I wish I could give it more than a thousand stars. It is brilliant. Thomas is a true scholar and a great mind. The set is somewhat expensive, but more than worth it!
69 of 90 people found the following review helpful
By any standard, a double diamond! 10 Nov. 2001
By Kendal B. Hunter - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am not Roman Catholic, but a memebr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite any denominational differences I may have, I am awed by this book. Considering Aquinas had no computers, no electricity, and no spell-check, he managed to write a lengthy bok that would embarress most Ph.D's with an army of research assistants, expense accounts, and unlimited acess to LEXIS-NEXUS. Indeed, I belive much criticism of Aquinas comes from ignorance, or a deep-seated admiration and jealousy.
This is a standard work of Roman Catholic dogman and philosophical brainwork. It is a sumation of Catholic theology, systematized and organized. Aquinas covers several thousand questions relating to Catholic theology and philosophy, provides sharp questions and sound answers to objections. One of the questions gives a thumb-print of his mind: "Could [God] made the past not to have been?" (ST I-I.25.4) And Gov. Jesse Ventura said that religious people are weak-minded! By the way, Aquinas says no, since that would imply a contradiction, which is outsie of God's power.
This book and translation also has the "nihil obstant" and "imprimature," whic is latin for "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval." This translation has passed the Catholic censoring board and can be considered authoriative.
The only drawback is it's bulk--and therefore it is a rather awkward book to use. The internal organization helps to overcome this deficit, but a six volume with a thorough index would help. Peter Kreeft has a streamiled version of this book called "A Summa of the Summa," and an even slimmer volume called "A Shorter Summa," which is a summa of "A Summa of the Summa." These smaller books should hep you navigat the large book.
The cover is conservative and suits the majesty of the interior contents, and the print and paper are excellent and durable. The prose is readable, which a laudable since there is a temptation to latinize the English. This keeps the translation faithful, but makes the book unreadable, and the good Brothers avided this pitfall majestically.
As I said, I am not Catholic, but admiration for Aquinas's endeavor *is* universal. I recommend this book for any hard-core scholar or library aquisitionarian, but for person use, I would recommend Kreeft's excerpts, or Penguin's "Selected Writings" for the undergrad, or ambition high-schooler.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great translation, Adequate binding and cover, but Deceiving description... 15 Feb. 2010
By Michael D. Mullen - Published on
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The buyer needs to be aware of two things that are not clear in the description. First, this is version covers only Questions 75-102 of volume 1 of the Summa. There are five volumes total, so this is but a fraction, not the whole thing. Second, this is a digitized copy (a scanned copy that is bound) and so has many flaws, such as pencil marks and few side notations. The font and type is not to modern expectations. One advantage of the copy is that it is blown up some in comparison to the original, and so is much easier to read.

This being said, the translation is generally considered of a high quality. The binding is not as high quality as I would like, but then the price is good.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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St.Thomas Aquinas has always been a very solid and firm foundation for the Church. I have always loved this Saint from the very first days of becoming a Roman Catholic. I am amazed at the excellence of this work and constantly refer to this work for any of my own personal questions I may have about God. This is an awesome set to own ! I highly recommend to purchase your own set of the Summa. Thanks to God for giving us this wonderful Saint ...........the Great St. Thomas Aquinas.
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St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica (5 volume set) 4 Nov. 2006
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This set of books is very good for religious studies majors or anyone pursuing a higher education in theological studies. This series addresses in detail, the myriad questions pertaining to Christian theological doctrines through philosophical reasoning.
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