Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars9
4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
Format: Hardcover|Change
Price:£175.00+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 8 March 1999
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.
0Comment|55 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 9 March 1998
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.
0Comment|14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 12 June 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!
0Comment|7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 17 April 1998
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.
0Comment|16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 19 May 2010
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!
11 comment|8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 12 January 2016
I was initially reluctant to purchase this after seeing a bad review on here. However I decided to buy a copy as there were quote a few good reviews too. The books arrived very swiftly and are in excellent condition. The binding was fine on mine and the print was fine.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 25 June 1998
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.
0Comment|7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 16 March 2014
A great help into understanding our Faith and what our Faith is teaching us from a great thinker and believer
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 1 May 1998
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.
0Comment|6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)