By Bernard McGinn
This concise e-book tells the tale of crucial theological paintings of the center a while, the titanic Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, which holds a different position in Western faith and philosophy. Written among 1266 and 1273, the Summa used to be conceived via Aquinas as an academic advisor for academics and rookies and a compendium of the entire authorized teachings of the Catholic Church. It synthesizes an fabulous variety of scholarship, masking 1000s of themes and containing greater than 1000000 and a part words--and was once nonetheless unfinished on the time of Aquinas's death.
Here, Bernard McGinn, one in every of modern day such a lot acclaimed students of medieval Christianity, vividly describes the area that formed Aquinas, then turns to the Dominican friar's existence and profession, interpreting Aquinas's purposes for writing his masterpiece, its material, and the radical approach he equipped it. McGinn offers readers a short journey of the Summa itself, after which discusses its reception over the last seven-hundred years. He appears to be like on the impact of the Summa on such giants of medieval Christendom as Meister Eckhart, its ridicule through the Enlightenment, the increase and fall of Neothomism within the 19th and 20th centuries, the function of the Summa within the post-Vatican II church, and the book's enduring relevance today.
Tracing the awesome lifetime of this iconic paintings, McGinn's wide-ranging account offers perception into Aquinas's personal figuring out of the Summa as a verbal exchange of the theological knowledge that has been given to humanity in revelation.