Aquinas's Shorter Summa

Aquinas's Shorter Summa

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
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Pages: 432
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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:

  • Why faith is reasonable, not blind Why evil can never be as powerful as good
  • Solid arguments for Christ's Resurrection
  • Powerful arguments for God's existence
  • Why angels are necessary in creation
  • How Adam's sin differed from Eve's
  • Why Jesus descended into Hell
  • Why we must suffer for Adam's sin
  • Why the truths that you can know only through Revelation are nevertheless rational
  • Startling details about God's forgiveness
  • How a soul's damnation can be compatible with God's goodness
  • What Christians should think about fate and chance
  • What life after resurrection will be like
  • Three ways in which God is in all things
  • Eternal life: what it is; how to understand it
  • How you can know God through reason
  • Why God became man
  • Why God allows evil
  • How Jesus grew in wisdom
  • How Christ can have existed for all eternity and yet be God s Son
  • The Beatific Vision: what it really is
  • Why God's knowledge of the future doesn't deny man's free will
  • How the Holy Trinity is three distinct Persons, yet one God
  • Much more that will help you know and love God with greater understanding!
  • Editorial Reviews

    Peter Kreeft, author, Summa of the Summa
    "A gem, a precious pearl, a masterpiece!"

    Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York
    "An invaluable introduction to all of St. Thomas's wisdom and insight."

    Ralph McInerny, author, First Glance at Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists
    "Thomas Aquinas at his clearest and best. A treasure."

    St. Thomas Aquinas:
    St. Thomas Aquinas

    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".

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    A Shorter Summa for many people

    Aquinas's Shorter Summa is great for readers who either procrastinate in reading or want quick answers. Albeit, this book misses some information from Aquinas's normal Summa as he had died before completing this. Nonetheless, this book is great and you can surely trust your faith in Christ with this book and get to know Him better than you had possibly known him before. Would recommend!

    Mary Burgett
    Great book

    I’m so glad I bought this. If you are serious about your faith you need this book. Read it along with the catechism and grow in your faith.

    Aquinas' Shorter Summa

    Superb! A more concise version that allows the reader to focus on points of his Summa in a more user friendly size.

    Well Presented Theological Points

    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.

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