— clearly and succinctly presented
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.
"A gem, a precious pearl, a masterpiece!”
Fundamentals of the Faith
“Thomas Aquinas at his clearest and best.
First Glance at Thomas Aquinas
“An invaluable introduction to
St. Thomas’s wisdom and insight.”
Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
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
Facts about the punishment of the damned:
both spiritual and bodily
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
Hell-fire: whether it’s real or symbolic
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!
In this translation the separation of ethics from theology has been carried out in the main, and the English has been made as simple as the subject-matter permits. This is volume one out of two and a a translation of the principal portions of the second part of the Summa Theologica including more than three hundred endnotes.
“The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine.” - Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Summa Theologica is an extensive five-volume masterpiece about the meaning of life and the presence of God in our everyday lives. Just like the universe, the compendium starts and ends with God; everything in between is related to God’s creation and how we as human beings can be saved.
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Almighty God, the Lover of mankind, makes use of us, as St. Augustine says (I De doctrina christiana), both for the sake of His own goodness, and for our advantage. He makes use of us for His own goodness, that man may glorify Him. “Every one who calls upon My name, I have created him for My glory” (Isa. xliii 3). He likewise makes use of us for our own advantage, in order that He may give salvation to all. “Who wishes all men to be saved” (1 Tim. ii. 4). At the birth of Our Lord, an angel proclaimed this harmony between God and man, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will” (Luke ii. 14).
Preoccupied with the relationship between faith and reason, he was influenced both by Aristotle's rational world view and by the powerful belief that wisdom and truth can ultimately only be reached through divine revelation. Thomas's writings, which contain highly influential statements of fundamental Christian doctrine, as well as observations on topics as diverse as political science, anti-Semitism and heresy, demonstrate the great range of his intellect and place him firmly among the greatest medieval philosophers.
In addition to his translation of this important and radical medieval political treatise, written around 1300, James M. Blythe includes a sixty-page introduction to the work and provides over 1200 footnotes that trace Ptolemy's sources, explain his references, and comment on the text, the translation, the context, and the significance.