From the Church's greatest theologian: the essentials of Catholic doctrine. This book contains Aquinas's simple summary of the Faith. He covers the Trinity, Providence, the Incarnation, the Last Judgment, and much more. It's a concise statement of the key doctrines and elements of the Faith....
|Title||:||Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas's Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica|
|Number of Pages||:||412 Pages|
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Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas's Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica Reviews
I read this as part of a project to familiarize myself with some of the fundamental works of medieval literature and scholarship. I was not disappointed. While the unabridged Summa is rather daunting unless you know precisely which chapters to seek out, this Shorter Summa is eminently approachable, both as a student of history, and, I think, as a student of theology or ordinary Christian. I actually use my notes from this work as a short-form guide to the unabridged Summa, reminding me where to look for various topics.Aquinas' work is monumental and yet to be surpassed, because it came at the culmination of scholasticism and before the Papal schism and Protestant reformation that tore the Church apart and shaped the thoughts of later theologians. While in late life, St. Thomas is said to have in some way rejected his own scholarly approach to his faith in favor of some true experience of the divine (Martin Luther would have been thrilled), the work still stands as one of the best expositions of Catholic doctrine for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of theology.
I have had this obsession with St. Thomas Aquinas. I've read many great books about him and books about his master work, the Summa Theologica. But this is the first one edition that is really helping me to understand. Rather than being a series of statements and counter statements, as the Summa is normally published, this simply states ideas. A few cautions. It's worth reading Mortimer Adler's "Aristotle for Everyone" before hand. Thomas used many of Aristotle's ideas for which he was criticized at the time for referring to pagan. (I bet they wouldn't have called that to Aristotle's face LOL). Besides, the Adler's book is very enjoyable especially, if you're like me, and had a fear of philosophical texts. As for the Summa, it's grand to read because here is one of the creates thinkers in human history explaining the nature of God. It is not an easy or breezy read. Just take your time. I'm sure I'll be rereading the Summa all my life. It's that amazing and that important.
St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the most sanely rational of all scholars, left posterity the gift of his insight. For anyone interested in a reasonable defense of the faith, yet feels overwhelmed by the massive tome which is the SUMMA THEOLOGICA, St. Thomas provides this more concise version of his distillation of the Christian faith and Catholic doctrine.
Included in the "Spiritual Classics" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.
too deep to read at once. Doubt if i ever will. Good reference book.
Aggghhh! Really tough stuff. Twists your brain into a pretzel, but very interesting.