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Written from 1265-1274, the Summa Theologica is St. Thomas Aquinas' greatest work. Originally written for the "instruction of beginners," time has shown that all believers can come to learn from this enriching book. Organized systemically for the clearest way of "setting forth" the "sacred doctrine," Aquinas addresses many of Christianity's most pertinent questions in this ...more
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Bojan Tunguz
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Kazango
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Vagabond of Letters, DLitt
Aquinas can do more in one laconic section than most modern theologians, even analytics, can do in 200 pages. If this were written with the self-consciousness of philosophers after the epistemic turn, it would probably be 100,000 pages or more long - and that's what you're getting. The roughly 7,000 pages (the 3020 page edition is in double column) of the ST is an entire library, exceeding even the Bible. It doesn't seem entirely unjust to say that God inspired the Bible for the purpose of inspi ...more
Daniel Wright
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. ...more
Seth Kenlon
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linette Soberay
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexis
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it when I was 12 and it was awesome.
Philip Jordan
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! :) ...more
Nate
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 .......
Corey Rowe
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gigi
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VERY informative but would almost need to STUDY this book! You could read this for years and still learn new things
Jacob Aitken
This is one of the great books of all time. It is basically a Q&A on various masters' theses. It is relentless in its pursuit of logical questions (and of apparently inane tangents). The great thing about Thomas is that you can't take anything for granted. The small proof 400 pages ago will be the key to a subtle argument.

Thomas was a victim of his own success. Few read him beyond the 5 Proofs, and I suspect those proofs weren't all that interesting for him and his audience.

On God

Thomas: each th
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Scott
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much can be said about the Angelic Doctor, Thomas Aquinas. The Summa Theologiae is, without a doubt, one of the finest treatments of theology given to the church. One cannot simply do justice to such a work in an Goodreads review.

However, I want to focus, in this review, on this edition of the Summa, published by the great folks at The Aquinas Institute. My short review is this: if you are going to get one copy of the Summa Theologiae, make it this one.

In brief, here are a few reasons why I am c
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Walter
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the Bible itself, the Summa Theologica is perhaps the most informative source of information about the Christian faith than any source ever written. In it, St. Thomas Aquinas tackles pretty much every detail of the Christian faith, incorporating scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers and the writings of the ancient and medieval philosophers into the analysis. The work is divided into three books, the first of which deals with the nature of God, the second of which deals with th ...more
Mike T
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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. ...more
Jeremy
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't actually read all of it, but most of it, and its free on-line. Archaic to read, of course, but the use of logic and reason is fantastic. He beat Newton by 400 years on at least one of the Laws of Physics, and described the notions of potential vs kinetic energy. ...more
Rebecca Hicks
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Aya
Of course I didn't read the 3020 pages. I only read selected chapters talking about the existence of God and the essence of being. So, I'm not in the right position to rate this book so i'll leave the rating empty. ...more
Mindy
Apr 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nathaniel
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-the-shelf
Yep, I read it. And it was hard...but awesome.
Christopher
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The definitive theological treatise.
Jana Light
I think it's finally time to start chipping away at the STh. See you in five years. ...more
Kenneth
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Tom
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this work described as "encyclopaedic," but I don't think that does it justice. While I don't remember it addressing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin (and I may very well have forgotten given that it's taken sixteen or so months of fairly consistent reading to get through), it covers just about any theological question you might think of and many, many more that would not have occurred to you from a 21st century vantage point.

Admittedly, my interest in this work was prima
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Edmond
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
St. Thomas Aquinas’s, “Summa Theologica”, a Catholic must own this great theological work. It answers every question which relates to the Catholic faith. It is written like an encyclopedia, ask a question, a Catholic will find it in “Summa Theologica.” Aquinas wrote it like a debate, objection /answer. It deepened my love of theology. A great Theological work, a great philosophical work. “Summa Theologica” is the glory of the Catholic Church.
Libby
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Lenten reading...just about 3-4 articles a day, though, so this won't be finished in one Lent!

April 28, 2017--I got through Part I, Question 18 this year. Will hopefully continue in future years.

March, 2020: Wanted to start again for Lent this year, but didn't restart until halfway through Lent, so now hoping to continue through Easter season--especially since this will be a Lent and Easter unlike any previous, with no churches holding services right now.

June 4, 2020: Stopping for this year.
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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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