- Hardcover: 3020 pages
- Publisher: Christian Classics (June 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870610635
- ISBN-13: 978-0870610639
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.1 x 10.3 inches
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The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas (Five Volumes)
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In closing, I believe the Summa Theologica is an invaluable addition to everyone's home library, and should form the backbone of every Christians and Catholics (in particular) understanding of the faith. There is an infinite amount of knowledge at your fingertips here.
This translation is generally very close to the sense of the Latin original, although in a few cases I have noticed some strange differences. For example, in Pt. 1 Q.1 A. 4. The Dominican Fathers translate the Latin (which reads "Magis tamen est speculativa quam practica") as ". . . speculative rather than practical" although the Latin reads ". . . speculative MORE than practical." This is a substantial change in the meaning which ends up creating confusion in the next article when Thomas says that theology is ". . . partly speculative and partly practical". There are other variations from the Latin throughout the rest of the work, some more and less important.
I urge those who are interested in a serious study of Saint Thomas to use this text as an aid to a deeper study with the Latin. If this is not possible for you, this translation will nevertheless give you a good introduction and tool for an introductory and intermediate understanding of Saint Thomas's thought.
I highly encourage all faithful to purchase for their library. It is one of the true sources of Christianity to be placed along side of the irreplaceable Bible.