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Summa Theologica

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The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or
simply the Summa, written 1265 1274) is the most famous work of
Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225 1274) although it was never finished. It was intended as
a manual for beginners as a compilation of all of the main theological teachings
of that time. It summarizes the reasonings for almost all points of Christian
theology in the West,

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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
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.
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
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
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do I really need to review this? Read this continually.
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.
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! :)
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 .......
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it when I was 12 and it was awesome.
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.
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.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The definitive theological treatise.
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.
Jana L.
Oct 03, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think it's finally time to start chipping away at the STh. See you in five years.
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.
Charles Randall
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind blowing.
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.
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
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
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
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
Derrick Gibson
Dec 01, 2013 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.
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.
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essentialreading
Ryan Saunders
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to swim in the logic of the Summa Theologica.
Yile Xie
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read, probably one of the earliest Christian apologetics.
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  • The Major Works
  • On Christian Doctrine
  • The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Three Treatises
  • Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defense of One's Life)
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • On the Apostolic Preaching
  • On Loving God
  • Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue (Classics of Western Spirituality)
  • The Complete Works
  • The Four Cardinal Virtues
  • Physics
  • Theology and Sanity
  • On the Incarnation
  • The New Organon
  • The Works of Archimedes
  • On the Holy Spirit
  • The Enneads
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.

Aquinas lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between fai
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