Summa Theologica  

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"The one thing we cannot do with the Summa of St. Thomas is to meet its arguments on their own ground. We can neither assent to them nor refute them. It does not even occur to us to make the effort, since we instinctively feel that in the climate of opinion which sustains such arguments we could only gasp for breath. Its conclusions seem to us neither true nor false, but only irrelevant; and they seem irrelevant because the world pattern into which they are so dexterously woven is no longer capable of eliciting from us either an emotional or an aesthetic response."--The Heavenly City (1932) by Carl Becker

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The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written 12651274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas (c. 12251274). It was intended as a manual for beginners as a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time.

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