Summa Theologica: Ad Manuscriptos Codices a Francisco Garcia, Gregorio Donato, Lovaniensibus AC Duacensibus Theologis, Joanne Nicolai AC
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Summa Theologica: Ad Manuscriptos Codices a Francisco Garcia, Gregorio Donato, Lovaniensibus AC Duacensibus Theologis, Joanne Nicolai AC

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Published January 12th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1274)
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Bojan Tunguz
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, whic...more
Conor
Feb 28, 2011 Conor is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I started to read the Summa from the first question yesterday. I should finish by the age of 75.
Savanna
Every Sperm is Sacred: Aquinas on the Permissibility of Sex Acts

In Question 154 of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas explores how lust constitutes an immoral act. He proposes that a sex act is not immoral in itself, but that its permissibility depends on the “right reason” or appropriateness of the matter involved. Because the man is the agent in a sex act while the woman is “by way of matter,” the woman’s status as property of a male and, by extension, the couple’s suitability to raise the potentia...more
Linette Soberay
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.
Seth Kenlon
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.
Kim
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
Kazango
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...more
Philip Jordan
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! :)
Nate
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 .......
Mindy
I got this as a christmas present. I liked it, but a LOT of the theology is simply outdated for our modern world. I have not read the entire thing of course, I just look up sections now and again.
Corey Rowe
no, not saying i read each word of every volume, but have used them all over the past 3 years for research and they are awesome.
Mark
Do I really need to review this? Read this continually.
A
I read it when I was 12 and it was awesome.
Nate
Yep, I read it. And it was hard...but awesome.
Scott
The definitive theological treatise.
Kenneth
Read the vast majority of the five volumes of the Summa over the course of the years. In order to understand the text well a solid background in Catholic history, theology, Greek Philosophy (Aristotle), as well as Scripture is necessary. Otherwise, the Summa is eminently readable for those who have an intellect to comprehend or appreciate.

In terms of an introduction to the material, The Summa of the Summa by Peter Kreeft is helpful. The abridged version provides a picture that is beneficial for...more
Mike T
This has been and likely always will be the greatest theological book series I've ever read. I'm still not through it but Aquinas seems to have more philosophy to him than religion in much of his work and in that I can find a huge amount of intrigue. While I'm not generally interested in the argument for why god does or does not exist I find the argument for why man should be great to his fellow man to be maybe the most important question and this book argues for logical reasoning of the highest...more
Thomas Crown
Mar 08, 2008 Thomas Crown rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially my friends with their toes constantly in the Tiber.
As with most works of this length and breadth, you're better off reading it in the original Latin, even if it means you have to (and I confess I had to) keep an unabridged Latin-English dictionary nearby, and not merely for when you get bogged down with the ethical dative. With that said, Aquinas goes through periods of mild contempt in American Catholic scholastic opinion, yet always survives his critics; and it is actually impossible to understand John Paul II's, and Benedict XVI's, theologica...more
Curtis Runstedler
Ah, Brother Thomas, where to begin? I read the concise translation, which was elegantly written and (naturally) concise. I would have been interested to see where his discussion of the sacrament of penitence went, but I guess we'll never know. I wonder what really happened to him on that fateful St Nicholas Day. It's a beautiful work, and I think the sections that affected me most were the passages on human emotion and the soul. Summa is a treasure and its title truly explains itself.
Derrick Gibson
Jul 11, 2014 Derrick Gibson is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am plugging away on this slowly but surely. It is not likely that you can speed read this by skimming, but rather must relax and read this very slowly and stop at times to really think about what he is trying to relay to you. If you have a lot of free time to read it certainly helps. But do to wanting to learn more about my Catholic faith keeps me reading this and other things that various church fathers have left us to contemplate.
Les Johnson
Classic works of philosophy do not date. The theory of meaning, epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics will remain philosophical and current for each generation must rethink and rework these areas as if unsettled. It was a long time ago I tackled Aquinas in that spirit. I read unevenly and with varying degrees of application. But, I wanted to reach up to a great, if neglected mind. I read him mostly because he is accessible (when you get familiar with his technical vocabulary) and had more depth...more
Thomas
Although I cannot say that I am a Thomist or that I even agree with much of what Aquinas had to say, I feel that the “Summa Theologica” is a great contribution to the literature. It is very interesting to me that such an erudite work was developed as a beginner’s manual—covering main theological teachings of the time.
Rebecca Hicks
The greatest philosophical/theological work ever written. (Obviously, this isn't counting the Bible) What more can one say?

Extremely long. Few start it, fewer read it all the way through. Only some people can even begin to appreciate it.
Dale Bryant
One of the recommended "great" books. This is an absolutely outstanding work. I was so impressed by the depth and completeness of his questioning.
Gigi
VERY informative but would almost need to STUDY this book! You could read this for years and still learn new things
Yile Xie
A must read, probably one of the earliest Christian apologetics.
Ted Brewster
I've been "reading" this monster for more than 20 years.
Ryan Saunders
I love to swim in the logic of the Summa Theologica.
John
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  • The Major Works (World's Classics)
  • On Christian Doctrine
  • Three Treatises
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • Physics
  • On the Apostolic Preaching
  • The Enneads
  • Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defense of One's Life) (Dover Giant Thrift Editions)
  • On The Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
  • On the Incarnation
  • The Four Cardinal Virtues
  • Introduction to the Devout Life
  • Church Dogmatics, 14 Vols
  • The New Organon
  • Of Human Life: Humanae Vitae
  • On Loving God
  • Discourse on Metaphysics & Other Essays
  • Theology and Sanity
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Thomas Aquinas (sometimes styled Thomas of Aquin or Aquino), was a Dominican friar and priest notable as a scholastic theologian and philosopher. He is honored as a saint and "Doctor of the Church" in the Roman Catholic tradition.

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