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A Summa of the Summa Paperback – October 1, 1990
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Jacquelin Thomas is the national bestselling and award-winning author whose many adult novels include "Defining Moments, Saved in the City, Soul Journey, A Change Is Gonna Come, The Prodigal Husband", and "Singsation". Her short fiction is featured in the Pocket Books anthology "Have a Little Faith". A driving force in the world of Christian fiction, she is the founder and producer of the annual Faith-Based Arts Conference, an event showcasing authors in the field.
Visit her website at www.jacquelinthomas.com.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.
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For those unaware, Thomas Aquinas was the Catholic scholar who produces two L*A*R*G*E, multi-volume books on Catholic theology: "Summa Contra Gentiles" and "Summa Theologica," the latter being a summation of Catholic theology. This book is a summation of "Summa Theologica," and serves as a handbook and thumbnail for both Catholic Theology and Philosophy and Christian philosophy in general.
Aquinas has a sharp mind and can both divide the word and divide a question in a way that few others can. I am not Catholic, but stand in deep admiration for Aquinas's work and mind, and more especially because he minded his work by working his mind.
Kreeft has selected the essential texts and questions that illuminate aspects of Thomistic philosophy/theology. He has the text with explanatory notes in footnotes, which is unusual since we are not reading a summery or rephrasing of Aquinas, but actually reading his words and ideas, unfiltered and undistorted.
His chapter divisions follow closely the divisions used in the whole "Summa Theologica," and focus primarily on the first part of part one, and the second part of part two of the "Summa Theologica," and doesn't deal with the latter books that deal with the church and the nature of sacraments. This summation, therefore, would not be offensive to any Christian.Read more ›
The only disappointing aspect of SS is its discussion of philosophical positions that are at variance with Aquinas. Like many philosophers working in Roman Catholic institutions, Kreeft has a tendency to present false straw-man interpretations of philosophers whose conclusions he disagrees with, and then to "refute" these philosophers by kicking down the straw men.Read more ›
Portions of the Summa have been omitted, including Objections unique to Acquinas' time and irrelevant to the modern reader and Part III of the Summa. Frankly, while recognizing the religious focus of Part III might not be immediately useful to all readers, I would have liked to seen at least some of it with Kreeft's footnotes, perhaps as a second volume.
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Heavy reading but the footnotes help to clarify the points Thomas Aquinas is making.Published 4 months ago by George E. Davis
Our society has been desperately impoverished by the exclusion of classical texts from school curriculums throughout the world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sean
Thomas Aquinas (1225, 1274) was arguably the greatest philosopher in the 1800 years between Aristotle and Descartes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Toki Mike
Book was at a great price, ordered it for my philosophy class but plan on reading more of it during the summer.Published 13 months ago by BO