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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895550814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895550811
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aquinas writes in a style very different from today's writers.
D. S. Heersink
For those looking to specialize in St. Thomas Aquinas like I am, this book is a guide to the entire Summa Theologiae.
Plato
This book helps to think on a deeper level and to help understand theological and philosophical concepts.
NAVY78

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steven Byrne on August 29, 2000
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Anyone who has struggled with the scope and the style of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, will immediately appreciate the accomplishment of Msgr. Paul Glenn in his, A TOUR OF THE SUMMA.
As the Preface says, "A TOUR OF THE SUMMA is not a translation, not a digest, not a selection of parts called basic, or best. It is a journey through the entire SUMMA . . . a condensed paraphrase of the essential teaching of the SUMMA, so presented as to enable the reader to turn instantly to the exact locus in St. Thomas for a full treatment of each point discussed."
While following the original outline, Glenn avoids Aquinas' ponderous approach of laying out objections and replies, and instead, extracts and distills the meat of Aquinas' points in a manner that is useful to both theologian and layman. A comprehensive index makes topical study a pleasure.
An excellent reference book, and very helpful in study and preparation for teaching on the great religious/philisophical themes that have dominated Christian thought since the 13th century.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Heersink on February 24, 2002
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Thomas Aquinas was one of the greatest and most encyclopedic minds of all western civilization, living in the thirteenth century when Christendom was divided politically between the East and the West. He undertook to write a compendium of Aristotlean philosophy, Christian theological tradition, and a comprehensive survey of all knowledge up to the thirteenth century. That masterpiece is the "Summa Theologica," which is available in English in either five, densely typed volumes (English Fathers) or in the sixty-volume Blackfriars edition for Oxford.
Tying to tackle such a wealth of information on one's own, most likely the only way short of catholic university in which to do so, is a hard nut to crack. Aquinas writes in a style very different from today's writers. While his work is very systematic, its breadth and depth can sometime cause one to lose their way. What did he say? is often a rejoinder by modern readers.
This is where Fr. Glenn's "Tour of the Summa" becomes a Godsend. In a single volume, Fr. Glenn condenses the "nugget" of each chapter and question in the multi-volume work into a sentence of two -- sometimes, when necessary, into lengthier paragraphs. Stripped from the original is the "pro" and "con" arguments that Aquinas uses to introduce and conclude each of his arguments. Instead, Fr. Glenn focuses entirely on the position Aquinas took that is central to each question.
With this book side-by-side to the complete Summa, the reader will not get lost in the forest for the trees. The Tour gives the reader the core thesis, while allowing the reader to develop the thesis-antithesis parts and the argument itself on his own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Delwyn Haroldson Res Seminary on May 12, 2009
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This book clarifies and puts into simple and more understandable terms the Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas. Of course, if you are citing or using the Summa Theologica as a reference for a paper, you will need to consult the actual Summan Theologica because the terms used in this book will vary from the actual Summa Tehologica. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate comprehension of the Summa Theologica, I needed it, it helped me, and, therefore, I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NAVY78 on October 22, 2012
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This book, has to be the best book out in print regarding a great overview of such a massive corpus by St. Thomas Aquinas O.P.. I used this same book while in the Navy while out to sea/underway to help understand our Catholic Faith. This book helps to think on a deeper level and to help understand theological and philosophical concepts. The book also helps you understand the core concepts of justice, equity, religion, politics, distributive justice, prudence, charity, perjury, etc..... This book is great to read daily, for research and to help with the general understanding of Thomistic philosophical concepts. A must for any student of Catholic Theology....! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 5 Stars !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plato on April 24, 2014
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Just received this book today and I'm happy I spent the money. For those looking to specialize in St. Thomas Aquinas like I am, this book is a guide to the entire Summa Theologiae. It helps you familiarize, memorize, and understand the structure and various parts of the Summa, and Msgr. Glenn does an outstanding job in distilling the main gist of the articles. As written in the preface, the book "is a condensed paraphrase of the essential teaching of the Summa."
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By John McConnell on April 7, 2014
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The Summa Theologica of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas is bedrock knowledge underlying all Roman Catholicism as it has developed since the thirteenth century, Thomistic philosophy eventually becoming THE philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church. A working knowledge of the Summa is a valuable asset for every Roman Catholic. Excellent companions to this book are Right And Reason: Ethics Based on the Teachings of Aristotle & St. Thomas Aquinas, Aristotelian Logic, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric, and Grammar Of Assent.

As anyone who's tried to read the Summa Theologica is aware, the Summa is hard going - successive logical steps of argumentation examining and developing questions, conclusions, and assertions via Neoplatonism, Aristotelian logic, and reference to Holy Scripture. This format makes the Summa Theologica an education in both logic and Roman Catholic theology.

For anyone wishing to focus solely on the theological conclusions and assertions, this "Tour of the Summa" is ideal. Unlike the Summa itself, you can read this book from cover to cover in a week of serious study and several pots of coffee.

The author, Msgr. Paul Glenn, has distilled the wisdom of the Summa and presented a clear summary of its arguments and conclusions directly keyed to the Summa itself, book by book, section by section.
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