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Summa Theologica (Complete & Unabridged) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Aquinas
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The Summa Theologica (Latin: "Summary of Theology" or "Highest Theology") is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274). It was intended as a manual for beginners as a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of the time. It summarizes the reasoning of all points of Christian theology, which before the Protestant Reformation subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God; God's creation, Man; Man's purpose; Christ; the Sacraments; and back to God. It is famous for its five arguments for the existence of God, the Quinquae viae (Latin: five ways). Throughout his work, Aquinas cites Augustine of Hippo, Aristotle, and other Christian, Jewish, Muslim and ancient pagan scholars.

This is an electronic edition of the complete book and includes an author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter.


Product Details

  • File Size: 6834 KB
  • Print Length: 559 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480031690
  • Publisher: Coyote Canyon Press (June 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T9V9A4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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234 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my word!!! August 6, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I bought my Kindle I had a little pang of regret... "was this REALLY worth the money?" I thought to myself.

And then I started shopping with it.

This is the ENTIRE Summa Theologica, This is THE medieval masterpiece of Theology; it still in my opinion the greatest work ever written next to the Bible.

The content of this book is remarkable. This edition has a complete linked table of contents. It has the entire text. It is PERFECT.

Of course, there is the price.

The ENTIRE Summa (all the volumes) for A BUCK.

A BUCK!!!

That is absolutely stunning. The Kindle almost paid for itself as soon as I downloaded this file to it.

What a great deal... what a wonderful work of Theology!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Summa January 9, 2013
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A couple of weeks ago, after nearly three and a half years of on and off reading, I finally finished St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. It is a monumental work, which in printed form extends over five volumes and three thousand densely printed pages. So it is not surprising that it took me this long to finish it. The fact is, though, that I probably would have never ventured into reading it cover to cover in the first place were it not for electronic publishing. The printed version costs $150, which is not actually much considering that most college textbooks these days can cost up to twice that much - if not more. The Kindle edition, on the other hand, costs 99 cents. Yes, it costs less than a dollar. However, it wasn't the price that made me buy it and read it, it was the convenience of electronic form, which made it incredibly portable and accessible. Over the years I would be reading Summa on my Kindle, iPhone, iPad, and in all sorts of common and unlikely places - my desk, my bed, while waiting for my haircut, while waiting for the plane to take off, on the elliptical machine in the gym, while listening to a boring lecture, and sometimes even while waiting for the light to turn green at the traffic stop. (I know, I know.)

Summa is not an easy read by any stretch of imagination. It is a densely argued treatise on almost all topics of Christian theology. It is also written in terms of concepts and categories derived form Aristotelian and Medieval philosophy, which are largely unfamiliar to the modern readers. Reading it can oftentimes feel like going through a large advanced mathematics textbook, with all the proofs and carefully precise reasoning that this entails. I knew all of this fully well before taking this plunge, but it did not deter me.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckets! May 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The above posts put it best: The Kindle is worth every penny simply because it holds, in it's slim frame (in order of importance to me)the Bible, the Summa, and the complete works of Shakespeare! Honestly, if you have those three books, you have no excuse for boredom for the rest of your life, provided you have your Kindle on hand.
Thank you Amazon!
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes December 28, 2009
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I can't but say yes, yes, yes to what is said in previous post. Just being able to read & study the Summa Theologica for 2 bucks is... stunning!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Significant Book January 26, 2013
By Chris
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Before beginning this review, it's necessary to say outright that the Summa Theologica can't be looked at in the same way as a normal text. For one thing, reading it for entertainment is pretty much right out. The Summa is a dense and enormous theological text, complete with Aristotelian theological jargon. While not incoherent in the way that some philosophical texts can be (Hegel, for instance, has passages for which there are no universally agreed upon explanations), St. Thomas Aquinas' writing is certainly not light.

With that said, the impact of Aquinas on the western world's philosophy and theology alone merit a five star review. Regardless of your religious or philosophical leanings, there is absolutely no denial of the fact that this book is important. To understand the Catholic (and majority Protestant) idea of God in exacting detail, for instance, or to gain a knowledge of fine theological points, there are few books of greater value than the Summa. That said, there may be better books for any particular individual, given the sheer scale and the highly technical nature of this book. The text was written to educate theology students in the 13th century, and as such, can read like a textbook (ie., it isn't a page turner).

The Kindle edition has a brief biography of St. Thomas, and summary of his philosophy. Different articles are easily accessible via the "go to" function. The biography is somewhat interesting. The "go to" function is indispensable.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars are you kidding me? July 4, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
the fact that the summa is being sold for 99 cents is mind blowing in and of itself and warrants a couple of comments. first, it is a sad statement of society that something so important is held so cheaply (but it works for me, since i am jobless). secondly, there is only one thing that could possibly top this offer, having this in latin. one can only ask so much for so little.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance and genius of a gifted mind January 8, 2011
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Summa Theologica was used for evil, terrible purposes: to prove God's existence by reinterpreting Aristotelian thought, ("Christianizing" Aristotle, if you will). And yet, the power of his arguments, his sheer brilliance and depth makes this one of the top works in the history of both philosophy and theology. As an atheist, I've enjoyed throughout the years arguing Aquinas's premises and arguments. The Mobi edition, as far as I can tell, I just downloaded it yesterday and am half-way through the book, is actually quite excellent, and the price? O my! This book is a must for an serious debater on the God issue, regardless of the side you're on.
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