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Summa Theologica


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The Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliant synthesis of Christian thought, has had a decisive and permanent impact on philosophy and religion since the thirteenth century. As the title indicates, is a summing up of all that can be known about God and humanity's relations with God. Divided into three parts, the work consists of 38 tracts, 631 questions, about 3000 articles, 10,000 objections and their answers. This complete edition of the work, published in five volumes, was translated into English by the Fathers of the Dominican Province and first appeared in 1911. A revised edition was published in London in 1920, and in America in 1947. The Christian Classics edition, published in both hardcover and paperback, is a reproduction of the 1947 Benziger Brothers edition.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) was a Catholic priest in the Dominican order and one of the most important Medieval philosophers and theologians. He is patron saint of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28. He was canonized in 1323 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1567 by Pope Pius V. Born in approximately 1225 to a noble family, in 1243 Aquinas joined the Dominicans of Naples. After making his profession at Naples, he studied at the University of Cologne under the celebrated Saint Albert the Great. After ordination, Aquinas received his doctoral degree at the University of Paris. A prolific writer of more than sixty works, Aquinas’s masterpiece is the Summa Theologica (Summary Treatise of Theology) (1265–1273).

Judges' and contributors' comments

Cally Hammond: A book which has touched the life of every western Christian, whether they realise it or not.  The foundation text of systematics, and a defence of the reasonableness of belief in God.

Jenny Monds: Such an influential book had to come near the top of our list.

Mark Oakley: Important as it reminds us that matter carries meaning, but I also love the fact that it was left unfinished. All our best thinking ultimately has to give up when it comes to God; theology is a blend of silence and metaphor.

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