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A commentary on the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas

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Welcome to a commentary on the Summa of Thomas Aquinas

This site is part of the natural religion project. tnrp The project aims to develop a natural theology and a natural religion to underwrite the peaceful survival of humanity on earth at meast until the sun dies.

Its historical starting point in my education is is theSumma Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas written about 1265 -1274. Summa Theologica - Wikipedia

The aim of this site is to develop a personal commentary on the Summa, bringing to light the similarities and differences between thelogy as developed by Thomas and the natural theology proposed to underlie the natural religion project.

(revised 23 November 2008)Further reading


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Aquinas, Thomas, Summa Theologica, Editiones Paulinae 1962 back
Aquinas, Thomas, Summa Theologica (translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province), Tabor Publishing 1981 'Brother Thomas raised new problems in his teaching, invented a new method, used new systems of proof. To hear him teach a new doctrine, with new arguments, one could not doubt that God, by the irradiation of this new light and by the novelty of this inspiration, gave him the power to teach, by the spoken and written word, new opinions and new knowledge.' (William of Tocco, T's first biographer) 
Chesterton, G K, Saint Thomas Aquinas: the Dumb Ox, Image Books 1974 Jacket: 'G K Chesterton's brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1933. ... Cherterton's Aquinas is a man of mystery. Born into a noble Neapolitan family, Thomas chose the life of a mendicant friar. Lumbering and shy - his classmates dubbed him "the Dumb Ox" - he led a revolution in Christian thought.  
Lonergan, Bernard J F, and Robert M. Doran, Frederick E. Crowe (eds), Verbum : Word and Idea in Aquinas (Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan volume 2) , University of Toronto Press 1997 Jacket: 'Verbum is a product of Lonergan's eleven years of study of the thought of Thomas Aquinas. The work is considered by many to be a breakthrough in the history of Lonergan's theology ... . Here he interprets aspects in the writing of Aquinas relevant to trinitarian theory and, as in most of Lonergan's work, one of the principal aims is to assist the reader in the search to understand the workings of the human mind.' 
Lonergan, Bernard J F, and (edited by Frederick E Crowe and Robert M Doran, Grace and Freedom: Operative Grace in the Thought of St Thomas Aquinas, Jacket: "Grace and Freedom represents Lonergan's entry into subject matter that would occupy him throughout his lifetime. At the same time it is a manifestation of the thinking that has made him one of the world's foremost Thomist scholars. ... Lonergan's thesis is that from the sixteenth century onwards, commentators on Thomas Aquinas lacked historical consciousness, raised questions that Thomas had never considered, and obfuscated the issues. Lonergan's achievement consists in having retrieved the actual postion by adopting a historical approach that has reconstructed [Thomas's] intellectual development on grace. ... What Lonergan also adds is a unique diagnosis of the mistakes made by the modern scholastic authors in their treatment of grace. Throughout this work, Lonergan discovers in Thomas a mind in constant development, displaying radical shifts on fundamental questions. ... ' 
Torrell, Jean-Pierre, and Robert Royal (translator), Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Person and his Work (Volume 1), Catholic University of America Press 1996 Publisher: 'First published in 1993 as Initiation saint Thomas d'Aquin: Sa personne et son oeuvre, this volume offers a thorough introduction to the life and works of Thomas Aquinas as well as a sustained reflection on the spiritual aspects of his life and teaching. ... Jean-Pierre Torrell reviews, clarifies, and frequently modifies previous scholarly conclusions on Aquinas's life and works. He presents the person of Thomas Aquinas in his complete familial, social, and intellectual context, summarizes the known events and circumstances of Aquinas's life, discusses the contents of his works, and provides a catalog of those works in an appendix. ... Thomas's daring originality is brought out clearly in the final two chapters, which describe the controversies in the years immediately after his death, the condemnations and rehabilitation of a few of his positions, and the process leading to canonization. This volume is the first of two on Thomas Aquinas to be written by Torrell. The second, which explores further the spiritual aspects of Aquinas's teaching, is completed in French and awaits translation into English.' 


Enrique Alarcon, Fundación Tomás de Aquino Corpus Thomisticum The Corpus Thomisticum project aims to provide scholars with a set of instruments of research on Thomas Aquinas, freely available via Internet. It has five parts: o A full edition of the complete works of St. Thomas according, where possible, to the best critical texts. o A bibliography covering all the studies on Aquinas and his doctrine, from the 13th century through our days. o An index of the main tools of Thomistic research, and the edition of the most important among them. o A database management system, implemented to search, compare, and sort words, phrases, quotations, similitudes, correlations, and statistical information. o A digital edition of the main manuscripts of Aquinas' works. back
Summa Theologica - Wikipedia Summa Theologica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia back
Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas: The medieval theological classic online. :'Because the doctor of Catholic truth ought not only to teach the proficient, but also to instruct beginners (according to the Apostle: As unto little ones in Christ, I gave you milk to drink, not meat -- 1 Cor. 3:1-2), we purpose in this book to treat of whatever belongs to the Christian religion, in such a way as may tend to the instruction of beginners. We have considered that students in this doctrine have not seldom been hampered by what they have found written by other authors, partly on account of the multiplication of useless questions, articles, and arguments, partly also because those things that are needful for them to know are not taught according to the order of the subject matter, but according as the plan of the book might require, or the occasion of the argument offer, partly, too, because frequent repetition brought weariness and confusion to the minds of readers.' back
Thomas Aquinas Summa Contra Gentiles (English Translation) 'An Annotated Translation (With some Abridgement) of the Summa Contra Gentiles of Saint Thos Aquinas by Joseph Rickaby, S.J., M.A. Lond: B.Sc. Oxon., Author of "Aquinas Ethicus" etc. etc. (London: Burns and Oates, 1905).' back
Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica An online version of the English translation of the Summa made by the Dominican Fathers of the English Province. See 'Books' above. back
Thomas Aquinas - Wikipedia Thomas Aquinas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 'Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino; c. 1225 - 7 March 1274) was an Italian Catholic priest in the Dominican Order, a philosopher and theologian in the scholastic tradition, known as Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Universalis and Doctor Communis. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and theology. Aquinas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood (Code of Canon Law, Can. 252, §3). The works for which he is best-known are the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. One of the 33 Doctors of the Church, he is considered by many Catholics to be the Catholic Church's greatest theologian and philosopher. Consequently, many institutions of learning have been named after him.. back
Thomas de Aquino Thomas de Aquino, Summa Theologiae 'Textum Leoninum Romae 1888 editum ac automato translatum a Roberto Busa SJ in taenias magneticas denuo recognovit Enrique Alarcón atque instruxit' back


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