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Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae: A Biography

Bernard McGinn
Format
Book
Published
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
Language
English
Series
Lives of Great Religious Books
ISBN
9780691154268 (hardcover : alk. paper), 0691154260 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Summary
"This concise book tells the story of the most important theological work of the Middle Ages, the vast Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, which holds a unique place in Western religion and philosophy. Written between 1266 and 1273, the Summa was conceived by Aquinas as an instructional guide for teachers and novices and a compendium of all the approved teachings of the Catholic Church. It synthesizes an astonishing range of scholarship, covering hundreds of topics and containing more than a million and a half words--and was still unfinished at the time of Aquinas's death. Here, Bernard McGinn, one of today's most acclaimed scholars of medieval Christianity, vividly describes the world that shaped Aquinas, then turns to the Dominican friar's life and career, examining Aquinas's reasons for writing his masterpiece, its subject matter, and the novel way he organized it. McGinn gives readers a brief tour of the Summa itself, and then discusses its reception over the past seven hundred years. He looks at the influence of the Summa on such giants of medieval Christendom as Meister Eckhart, its ridicule during the Enlightenment, the rise and fall of Neothomism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the role of the Summa in the post-Vatican II church, and the book's enduring relevance today"--From front jacket flap.
Contents
  • The world that made Thomas Aquinas
  • Creating the Summa theologiae
  • A tour of the Summa theologiae
  • The tides of Thomism, 1275-1850
  • The rise and fall of Neothomism.
Description
xi, 260 pages ; 20 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-248) and indexes.
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