A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of by Peter Kreeft

By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot better Summa of the Summa, which in flip was once a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is lovely visible: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa was once simply over 500.) The Summa is definitely the best, so much formidable, most reasonable e-book of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that is chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes the following by means of Kreeft, a favored Thomist instructor and author. St. Thomas Aquinas is universally well-known as one of many maximum philosophers who ever lived. His writings mix the 2 primary beliefs of philosophical writing: readability and profundity. he's a grasp of metaphysics and technical terminology, but so filled with either theoretical and functional knowledge. he's the grasp of logic. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet fairly vital this day due to his synthesis of religion and cause, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco-Roman heritages. This little publication is designed for newcomers, both for lecture room use or separately. It includes the main recognized and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to realizing them.

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Chapter  commences the way of negative ascent by denying the names treated of in the Symbolic Theology: those that imply sensate or material reality and are the farthest from God: body, form, figure, and the like (D). But at this point the Cause of all still possesses essence, life, mind, and logos. Chapter  continues the ascent by denying some fifty of God’s intelligible names, those that are closer to the Cause: intellect, logos, being/essence (ousia), life, eternity, truth, one, unity, divinity, goodness, spirit, sonhood, fatherhood.

P. ). .  Apology  (PG :B); cf.  Apology  (PG :A). . See his Apology, chaps.  and . For much of the same, see Tatian, Oratio ad Graec.  (PG :). Athenagoras of Antioch calls God incomprehensible, invisible, eternal, and impassible (Legatio pro christianis  [PG :B]). Authors before Pseudo-Dionysius  incomprehensible in greatness, unthinkable in sublimity, inimitable in goodness. 26 Clement of Alexandria (–),27 after reminding his readers that the anthropomorphic names of scripture are to be taken only allegorically, acknowledges other names that are to be taken negatively and delineates a process, similar to Albinus’, by which one arrives at the “primary concept” of oneness by way of resolution (analysis), that is, by abstracting the three dimensions until we arrive at the point, and finally by abstracting the very position in space held by the point until we are left with unity, the primary concept.

Is an essential link between the Jewish scriptures, Greek philosophy, and later Christian writers. 11 H. A. Wolfson claims that Philo is the first to propound God as incomprehensible to the mind, since earlier Greek philosophers thought of God as incomprehensible only to the senses. 12 On the basis of his philosophical sources he is ready to grant that God is incorporeal, simple, and indivisible, but this alone would not exclude the distinction of genus and species in God and thus God’s indefinability.

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