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The 'Summa Theologica' of St. Thomas Aquinas: Part 1, Questions L-LXXIV by [Aquinas, Thomas]
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Aquinas, while studying at the University of Naples, joined the Dominican monastic order in 1244. Under St. Albert the Great he embarked on a life of teaching, preaching, and writing. He was formally canonized in 1323.

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  • Publisher: Ramage Press (16 April 2013)
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94c81d74) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f904ec) out of 5 stars mind boggling masterpiece 2 Aug. 2000
By louis smith - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f4d0f0) out of 5 stars Great translation, Adequate binding and cover, but Deceiving description... 15 Feb. 2010
By Michael D. Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
69 of 91 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95641edc) out of 5 stars By any standard, a double diamond! 10 Nov. 2001
By Kendal B. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94fca228) out of 5 stars SUPREME EXCELLENCE. 5 April 2006
By NAVY78 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x94d68900) out of 5 stars Great Books edition of the Summa 23 July 2016
By K. Barker - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not receive the 5 volume set, but I did get a 2 hardback, lovely plastic covered, Great Books edition of the Summa, edited by Robert Hutchins. Wonderful volumes that complement any bookcase or study. These 2 volumes contain the full text of St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. I was very pleased with the books, and will enjoy many years of reading and surely internally digesting slowly, the spiritual logic and reason of this greatest Doctor of the Church. Thank you!
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