summa

It’s the little things that bring joy to ministry.

today’s email included:

Hi Kimberly, I’ve googled St T[homas] A[quinas], boy, that guy rocks!!  Just incredible!!  Is  there  a ‘Rough Guide’ to the Summa Theologica!  How does someone or anyone  think like that?

Now, isn’t that what every priest lives for?

Can anyone offer the rough guide?  I am no expert in Aquinas.  Where does the curious casual reader start?

5 thoughts on “summa

  1. Aquinas is indeed stunning – were I at my other computer I could give you the quote where he points out that stealing in order to support life is perfectly justifiable.

    There are a number of ‘Introductions’ including the recently published Nichols, Aidan. Discovering Aquinas : an introduction to his life, work, and influence
    Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans, 2003, c2002.

    I’ve not read that one but have no reason to think ill of it. It is hard to pervert Aquinas, he is too lucid.

  2. p.s. The answer as to how he thinks like that is
    1 – he was trained to think. In those days people were actually taught to think and to debate and to reason. Anything illogical would be spotted fast, and it was expected that on could put up a ood show at reasoning things out.

    2 A lot of the work had been done for him by Aristotle – and anybody interested in Aquinas is likely to enjoy him and Plato. One of the seminal experiences of my life was having the Republic read to me as a child.

    3 Aquinas was a genius.

  3. I’m not too familiar with Aquinas either, but two good places to start might be How to Read Aquinas by Timothy McDermitt, a fairly straightforward introduction, and On Aquinas by Herbert McCabe. I haven’t read the latter, but have picked it up and glanced through more than once in bookshops – looks readable (and a nice cover too).

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