By Peter Kreeft
From a life of learning the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, renowned writer Peter Kreeft says that his amazement has regularly elevated not just at Aquinas' theoretical, philosophical brilliance and sanity, but in addition at his own, functional knowledge, his "existential bite." but this moment size of St. Thomas has often been eclipsed through the opposite. Kreeft wrote this ebook to assist deliver that solar out from its eclipse. He presents simply digestible samples of the spiritual knowledge of Aquinas.
Here are 359 items of knowledge from St. Thomas's masterpiece, the Summa Theologiae , which Kreeft says "are actually extra important than all of the kingdoms of this international simply because they're going to assist you to realize 'the something needful,' or 'the maximum sturdy' ", the final word finish and goal and that means of existence. 3 of its names are "being a saint," "beatitude" ("supreme happiness") and "union with God." That used to be the main for Kreeft in picking out which passages to take advantage of: do they assist you to realize your final finish - sanctity, happiness, union with God? St. Thomas might have agreed with author Leon Bloy, who frequently wrote that during the top "there is just one tragedy in lifestyles: to not were a saint".
These 359 gold nuggets have helped Kreeft within the struggles of genuine lifestyles, to reside within the genuine international, to develop in the direction of the Lord, and he hopes they'll do a similar for his readers. After every one passage at once from Aquinas, Kreeft offers short religious observation to assist clarify it and follow it - functional, own, existential, "livable" thoughts.
He has framed those readings as solutions to questions that folks really ask their non secular administrators. each one solution is taken notice for be aware from Aquinas.
Among the numerous themes Aquinas and Kreeft hide right here include:
The challenge of evil
Interpreting the Bible
Love vs. knowledge
Reconciling justice and mercy
Human freedom and divine grace
Angels and demons
The want for theology
Predestination and loose will
Three forms of items