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Summa contra gentiles. Book 3, Providence. part 1

Author: Thomas, Aquinas Saint; Vernon J Bourke
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. 1975.
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The Summa Contra Gentiles is not merely the only complete summary of Christian doctrine that St. Thomas has written; it is also a creative and revolutionary work of Christian apologetics composed at the precise moment when Christian thought needed to be intellectually creative in order to master and assimilate the intelligence and wisdom of the Greeks and the Arabs. In the Summa, Aquinas works to save and purify the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 75019883
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas, Aquinas Saint; Vernon J Bourke
ISBN: 9780268074937 0268074933
OCLC Number: 966912383
Notes: Reprint of the edition published by Hanover House, Garden City, N.Y., under title: On the truth of the Catholic faith.
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (278 pages))
Contents: St. Thomas Aquinas --
The sources --
Secondary studies --
Studies on the end of man and the vision of God --
How every agent acts for an end --
That every agent acts for a good --
That evil in things is not intended --
Arguments which seem to prove that evil is not apart from intention --
Answers to these arguments --
That evil is not an essence --
Arguments which seem to prove that evil is a nature or some real thing --
Answers to these arguments --
That good is the cause of evil --
That evil is based on the good --
That evil does not wholly destroy good --
That evil has a cause of some sort --
That evil is an accidental cause --
That there is no highest evil --
That the end of everything is a good --
That all things are ordered to one end Who is God --
How God is the end of all things --
That all things tend to become like God --
How things imitate divine goodness --
That things naturally tend to become like God inasmuch as He is a cause --
How things are ordered to their ends in various ways --
That the motion of the heavens comes from an intellectual principle --
How even beings devoid of knowledge seek the good --
That to understand God is the end of every intellectual substance --
Whether felicity consists in a will act --
That human felicity does not consist in pleasures of the flesh --
That felicity does not consist in honors --
That man's felicity does not consist in glory --
That man's felicity does not consist in riches --
That felicity does not consist in worldly power --
That felicity does not consist in goods of the body --
That human felicity does not lie in the senses --
That man's ultimate felicity does not lie in acts of the moral virtues --
That ultimate felicity does not lie in the act of prudence --
That felicity does not consist in the operation of art --
That the ultimate felicity of man consists in the contemplation of God --
That human felicity does not consist in the knowledge of God which is generally possessed by most men --
That human felicity does not consist in the knowledge of God gained through demonstration --
Human felicity does not consist in the knowledge of God which is through faith --
Whether in this life man is able to understand separate substances through the study and investigation of the speculative sciences --
That we cannot in this life understand separate substances in the way that Alexander claimed --
That we cannot in this life understand separate substances in the way that Averroes claimed --
That man's ultimate felicity does not consist in the kind of knowledge of separate substances that the foregoing opinions assume.
Other Titles: Summa contra gentiles.
Responsibility: Saint Thomas Aquinas ; translated, with an introduction and notes by Vernon J. Bourke.

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The Summa Contra Gentiles is not merely the only complete summary of Christian doctrine that St. Thomas has written; it is also a creative and revolutionary work of Christian apologetics composed at the precise moment when Christian thought needed to be intellectually creative in order to master and assimilate the intelligence and wisdom of the Greeks and the Arabs. In the Summa, Aquinas works to save and purify the thought of the Greeks and the Arabs in the higher light of Christian Revelation, confident that all that had been rational in the ancient philosophers and their followers would become more rational within Christianity. This exposition and defense of divine truth has two main parts: the consideration of that truth that faith professes and reason investigates, and the consideration of the truth that faith professes and reason is not competent to investigate. The exposition of truths accessible to natural reason occupies Aquinas in the first three books of the Summa. His method is to bring forward demonstrative and probable arguments, some of which are drawn from the philosophers, to convince the skeptic. In the fourth book, St. Thomas appeals to the authority of the Sacred Scripture for those divine truths that surpass the capacity of reason. The present volume is the first part of a treatise on the hierarchy of creation, the divine providence over all things, and man's relation to God.

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