Constructed idea upon idea like a magnificent gothic cathedral, Aquinas's attempt to summarize all that was knowable about God and his relations with man offers a brilliant synthesis of medieval Christian thought. Consisting of 38 tracts, 631 questions, nearly 3,000 articles, and 10,000 objections with answers, it represents the full flowering of scholastic theology. 3020 pages total, five hardcovers from Ave Maria.
Creating a summary of all human knowledge may not be the sort of undertaking we begin in the twenty-first century, but there is still room on our bookshelves for a classic--Summa Theologica, one of the world's oldest and greatest masterpieces. St. Thomas Aquinas has much to teach us--most especially how to confront the classic questions that are still with us after centuries of thought.
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