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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: 18 x 20.6 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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(NOTE - Ignore the reviewer talking about the binding being over the words... This is not present in any of the 5 books of my set. Maybe this related to a bad batch or previous print run, but this is most certainly NOT the issue now)

This is the most impressive set I've seen of the entire Summa. Despite the amount of use these are going to get, the excellent quality hardback binding will probably outlive me. The print quality is excellent despite the need to squeeze in as much text as possible within each column... other versions are hard to read due to this constraint but these are easy on the eyes in comparison.

It was a gamble to spend that much without seeing it first... but it's a gamble that paid off as its a cracking collection. Now I just need to make space on the shelf to do it justice!
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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.
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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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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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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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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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