Summa Theologiae Concise Translation

ISBN-10: 0870612107

ISBN-13: 9780870612107

Edition: 1991

List price: $42.50 Buy it from $20.62
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


Used Starting from $20.62
New Starting from $31.70
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $42.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 1/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.420

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Editor's note
Preface: What the Summa is About
Introduction: The Learning of Men and the Teaching of God
Why we needed to be taught by God
This teaching of God is a new science of God
The language and style of God's teaching
What God is Not
Is there a God?
That there is a God needs proof
There is a God
God's simple perfection
God is not, like creatures, made up of parts
Nevertheless God's perfection is all-embracing
What is goodness?
God's goodness
God exists without limit
God is not limited in any way
So God is present everywhere in everything
God does not alter and is not in time
There is only one God
We can know God but not comprehend him
Knowing God in the life to come
Knowing God in this life
We can talk about God but not define him
Can words express what God is?
Words expressing God as related to the world
Names for God
God's Life
God knows
God is his own knowing
God knows everything that exists or that can exist
God knows individuals
God knows the future
God knows propositions
God's ideas
Truth and knowledge
The possibility of falsehood
God lives
God loves
God's will
God is love
God is just and merciful
God plans
God is prudent or provident
God acts
God's power
God's happy state
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
How we can conceive of distinct persons in God
Coming forth in God
Relatedness within God
The meaning of person
The three persons
Son, Word and Image
Holy Spirit, Love and Gift
The grammar of the Trinity
The sending of the persons of God
God as creator
God as source of the world
Creation is God's way of causing
Did the world begin?
The variety and order of creation
Good and bad
Spirit and matter
The world of pure spirits
Knowledge among spirits
Love and will among spirits
The creation of the angels
The seven days of material creation
Man's Place in Creation
Human nature - embodied spirit
What is man?
Man's soul is immortal
Embodied mind
Each man has his own individual mind
Each man has a single soul
The human body
Human abilities - bodily and spiritual
Bodily life
Our senses
Mental ability
Urges, inclinations and desires
Mind and will
Emotion and will
Free will
How man knows
Knowing material things
Our dependence on our senses
Abstraction of ideas
The general and the particular
The simple and the composite
What don't we know?
Knowing ourselves
The soul after death
The Genesis of man
God formed man
It is not good for man to be alone
Let us make man after our own image
God made man right
Let him rule the fishes of the sea
Death entered the world through sin
Increase and multiply and fill the earth
Running the World
God's role
Holding everything in existence
Directing the world to its goal
The role of creatures
Material things
Journeying to God
Human Life as a Journey to God
Human life has a goal
Acting for goals
The notion of an ultimate goal
God is our ultimate goal
Happiness is seeing God
What happiness brings with it
Happiness is possible
Acting voluntarily
Willing, enjoying and intending goals
Choosing, accepting and employing means
Actions controlled by reason
What makes action good or bad?
Good and bad willing
Good and bad deeds
Some terminology
Loving and hating
Feeling pleased or sad
Feeling hopeful or despairing
Feeling afraid or feeling bold
Feeling angry
Living Well and Living Badly
What is a disposition?
What sort of things need dispositions?
How do dispositions arise?
Varieties of disposition
What is virtue?
Mental virtues - speculative and practical
Moral virtues
The variety of moral virtues
Ranking the virtues
The gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gospel blessings
Sin and vice
What is sin?
Classification of sins
Why we sin
Sinning from ignorance
Sinning from emotion
Sinning from bad will
Does God cause sin?
Does the devil cause sin?
Can sin be inherited?
Sin's effects
Sin's punishment
Fatal sin
Law and Grace
What is law?
Types of law
The effect of law
The eternal law
The law we have in us by nature
Human law
How flexible is human law?
The Old Law
Subdivisions of the Old Law
Moral injunctions of the Old Law
Ritual and judicial injunctions
The New Law
Why we need God's grace
What is grace?
Sources of grace
Grace works in us to set sinners right
Grace works with us to earn heaven
Living With God - Faith, Hope and Love
What we believe
The act of believing
The disposition to believe - faith
Knowing and understanding the faith
The virtue of hope
Fear of God
Despair and presumption
God's friendship
Growing in love
Whom do we love with charity?
Joy and peace
Doing good for people
Giving alms
Brotherly correction
Hatred, apathy and envy
Dissensions and war
Setting (and following) bad example
The commandments to love
The gift of wisdom
Living in the World - Moral Virtue
Function of prudence
Analysis of prudence
Doing the just thing
Being just
Distributive and commutative justice
Component parts of justice
Virtues allied to justice
Interior devotion and prayer
External religious behaviour
Too much religion
Too little religion
Loyalty, respect and obedience
Debts of honour
The ten commandments
The virtue of courage
Virtues allied to courage
What is moderation?
Moderation in food and drink
Moderation in sex
Virtues allied to moderation
Mildness and clemency
Modesty: humility, studiousness, decent behaviour
Special Walks of Life
Charisms related to prophecy
Ways of life
States of life
The notion of a state of life
Perfection in Christian life
States of perfection
The episcopal state
The religious state
The Road to God
Jesus Christ - God and Man
The incarnation
Why did God become man?
Two natures in one person
Christ's grace
Christ's own grace
Christ's grace of headship
Christ's humanity as God's perfect tool
What did Christ know?
The power and the weakness of Christ
Rules for talking about the incarnation
Christ's existence
Christ's will
Christ's activity
Christ's relations to his Father and to us
The Life of Christ
Christ's entry into the world
His virgin mother
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Christ's life in this world
He was baptized
His public life
His transfiguration
Christ's departure from the world
He suffered
The meaning of Christ's sufferings
The effects of Christ's sufferings
He was dead, and was buried
He descended into hell
He rose again from the dead
He ascended into heaven
He sits at the Father's right, as judge
Living in Christ
The sacraments of Christ
What is a sacrament?
Do we need sacraments?
How the New Law sacraments cause grace
The sacramental mark or character
The power at work in the sacraments
The seven sacraments
Baptism: sacramental rebirth
The sacramental action
The effects of baptism
Confirmation: sacramental maturity
The eucharist: sacramental sacrifice and meal
The sacramental sign
Christ in the sacrament--transubstantiation
Christ in the sacrament--the real presence
The properties of bread and wine
The words of consecration
The sacrament of love
Taking communion
Sacramental penitence
The sacrament of penitence
The virtue of repentance
Index of quotations
Select bibliography
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.