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A Summa of the Summa by Thomas Aquinas
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Jan 19, 2010

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An arduous read. This book is a summery of Aquinas's Trilogy of Theology and is certainly not a light read. It's a suitable attempt to bring the academic work of Aquinas down to the laymen. It's full of questions that Aquinas attempts to answer. Some questions I found interesting like "Whether the Will of God is changeable" or "Whether God wills evils" and not so interesting questions like "Whether the soul is composed of matter and form" or "Whether the Will is a higher power than the intellect." Now these questions were very important in the day but maybe a bit dry for the average reader. I would say that half of the book was interesting but I could have done without about a full third of the topics offered in this 532 page tome. I would not have picked this book to read on my own but I had to read it as part of a theology discussion group at a local pub. That helped make it more enjoyable.
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January 19, 2010 – Shelved
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message 1: by Jean (new)

Jean It probably made Calvin's Institutes look like a walk in the park :D

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