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5.0 out of 5 stars The Single Foremost Work of Catholic Theology in History
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,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Binding is not good
Whilst the content may be fine, am quite umimpressed with the binding of this edition. It has been bound too close to the words in the margin, and in the middle of some of the volumes the binding actually covers some of the words, resulting in incomplete text. Given I shelled out 174.00 for this, expected a lot better. Caveat emptor is all I can say!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Single Foremost Work of Catholic Theology in History, 8 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Summa Theologica 5 Vol Set (Hardcover)
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. The English Dominican Father's translation is one of the best editions available, and widely recommended in scholarly circles.
While the Summa Theologica is available at libraries and on the internet, it is very convenient to own your own copy of such a large work. This edition is sturdily bound with decent margins for notes, with each of the 5 volumes of a portable size and weight. (The earlier two-volume editions are large and unwieldy.)
I heartily recommend this work and this particular edition of the Summa in English.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Summary Of Knowledge, 16 Mar 2014
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A great help into understanding our Faith and what our Faith is teaching us from a great thinker and believer
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Binding is not good, 19 May 2010
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Whilst the content may be fine, am quite umimpressed with the binding of this edition. It has been bound too close to the words in the margin, and in the middle of some of the volumes the binding actually covers some of the words, resulting in incomplete text. Given I shelled out 174.00 for this, expected a lot better. Caveat emptor is all I can say!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daunting at first... but inciteful., 25 Jun 1998
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Aquinas, a controversial and ground-breaking writer in his time, was certainly one of the first-rate philosophical minds of Western thought. Aquinas' "Summa Theologica" is daunting at first, but inciteful once you get the hang of it. A solid reading in the "Summa..." provides a firm grounding in the reading of later Christian writers.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Bible is more Divinely Inspired., 1 May 1998
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One of the, if not the, greatest books on Theology ever written. Not only does it strike accord with Roman Catholics it transcends to all religions.
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