Summa Theologica

Summa TheologicaCreating A Summary Of All Human Knowledge May Not Be The Sort Of Undertaking We Begin In The Twenty First Century, But There Is Still Room On Our Bookshelves For A Classic Summa Theologica, One Of The World S Oldest And Greatest Masterpieces St Thomas Aquinas Has Much To Teach Us Most Especially How To Confront The Classic Questions That Are Still With Us After Centuries Of Thought A few weeks ago, after nearly three and a half years of on and off reading, I finally finished St Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica It is a monumental work, which in printed form extends over five volumes and three thousand densely printed pages So it is not surprising that it took me this long to finish it The fact is, though, that I probably would have never ventured into reading it cover to cover in the first place were it not for electronic publishing The printed version costs 150, which is not actually much considering that most college textbooks these days can cost up to twice that much if not The Kindle edition, on the other hand, costs 99 cents Yes, it costs less than a dollar However, it wasn t the price that made me buy it and read it, it was the convenience of electronic form, which made it incredibly portable and accessible Over the years I would be reading Summa on my Kindle, iPhone, iPad, and in all sorts of common and unlikely places my desk, my bed, while waiting for my haircut, while waiting for the plane to take off, on the elliptical machine in the gym, while listening to a boring lecture, and sometimes even while waiting for the light to turn green at the traffic stop I know, I know Summa is not an easy read by any stretch of imagination It is a densely argued treatise on almost all topics of Christian theology It is also written in terms of concepts and categories derived form Aristotelian and Medieval philosophy, which are largely unfamiliar to the modern readers Reading it can oftentimes feel like going through a large advanced mathematics textbook, with all the proofs and carefully precise reasoning that this entails I knew all of this fully well before taking this plunge, but it did not deter me I can t say that I carefully thought out all the arguments that were laid out, and probably not much of it stuck with me in the end However, at the end of it all I believe it was a than worthwhile endeavor First of all, it made me renew and deepen my appreciation for the Catholic Theology It reminded me of the old saw that the Catholic Church is much bigger from within than form without Catholic Theology is a vast repository of knowledge and insight that is well worth exploring throughout your whole lifetime Further, anyone who ever reads even a fraction of Summa could not in good faith ever resort to using the term medieval in a derogatory and pejorative sense The erudition, the intellectual firepower, and the appreciation of human knowledge in all of its forms and all of its extent is clearly at display in this monumental work St Thomas spent most of his professional life at the University of Paris, and the university system that we have to this day has been formed throughout the Catholic Europe around this time This system fostered and sustained scholarship and research in all branches of human knowledge All of us, whatever our field of expertise, owe a huge debt of gratitude to these efforts Modern world without this strong foundation would never have gotten into the existence At the heart of this system, and at the etymological root of the very term University, is the ideal of universality of all knowledge This idea shines brightly in Summa Unfortunately in recent times we have diverged from this ideal Perhaps going back to Summa would be exactly the medicine for what ails the modern University Finally, for me reading any type of good theological work is never just an intellectual exercise It is, foremost in fact, a form of devotion I ve read Summa oftentimes early in the morning at the start of a new day I ve read it in conjunction with, or sometimes instead of, my scripture readings Theology for me is the place where I can fully and completely love my God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind I am grateful to St Thomas for leaving us this great book that can help us in our Christian vocation More than that could not be asked from anyone St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us. I started to read the Summa from the first question yesterday I should finish by the age of 75. One of my favorite books I am reading it for the second time now Aquinas is incredibly important but ill suited to our microwave and fast food culture he must be digested slowly, not scarfed down on one s tailgate in the stadium parking lot Prospective readers should really have at least a minimal grasp of Aristotle They should also possess the minimal intellectual virtue required to focus on something other than their own obsessions with pelvic issues, if they have them I am dismayed by the number of people who disparage Aquinas or his work without even bothering to take the time to read him, to say nothing of understanding him How can you reasonably criticize a book you haven t even fully read or understood 204 days It s done Well, I say it s done I did skip or lightly skim over large swathes of it, and after about a third of the way through I started just ignoring the objections replies as I found them confusing Some parts made me cry Amen, brother aloud some parts were a real challenge to me personally some parts caused serious head desk collisions how could you possibly think that , etc other parts were just boggling Still, I can now say I ve done it, which not many people can. I read selections from the summa Aquinas on Nature and Grace, A M Fairweather , and while at times I found it confusing, I thought it was mostly absolutely illuminating By reading this book I was not only able to understand better who God is, but what He did for us. St Thomas Aquinas is one of the greatest philosophers I have read His structured writing and rational methodology will do incredible things to your mind. Do I really need to review this Read this continually. obviously i have not read all the volumes, but everytime i open them i am astoished at the depth and insights that he had he is honestly on of my heros St Thomas Aquinas was a beautiful human being, and his approach to Socratic Philosophy which dominated the minds of his counterparts blended with Unique Spiritual incite is breath taking I recommend it to the world especially if you re looking for a pure if slightly slanted view on Life, Love the Divine Cheers to You and Your Road through this Life A collection of Christian books is incomplete without Summa Theologica St Thomas Aquinas clearly structured this masterpiece with a humble consideration of potential readers With each chapter broken down into specific subjects, and each.

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  • Hardcover
  • 3020 pages
  • Summa Theologica
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • English
  • 15 March 2019
  • 9780870610639