Aquinas's Shorter Summa
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication Date: 2001-12-01
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Two years before he died, St. Thomas Aquinas probably the greatest teacher the Church has ever known was asked by his assistant, Brother Reginald, to write a simple summary of the Faith of the Catholic Church for those who lacked the time or the stamina to tackle his massive Summa Theologica.
In response, the great saint quickly set down in language that non-scholars can understand his peerless insights into the major topics of theology: the Trinity, Divine Providence, the Incarnation of Christ, the Last Judgment, and much more.
Here, then, is not only St. Thomas's concise statement of the key elements of his thought, but a handy reference source for the essential truths of the Catholic Faith.
St. Thomas will show you:
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Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 7 March 1274) is a Doctor of the Church. He was an Italian Dominican friar Roman Catholic priest, who was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis".
Aquinas's Shorter Summa is a simplified version of Aquinas's Summa Theologica. The target audience is lay people who want to understand his theological points. The ideas presented are easy to understand as long as you don't rush through them. It's important to grasp each idea before moving on, since they're built upon. The book starts out explaining God and why God is necessary for creation. Then, leads into angels, heaven, Christ, the Trinity, etc. Great read for anyone who wants to learn about Catholic Theology.