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By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot higher Summa of the Summa, which in flip was once a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is beautiful seen: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa was once simply over 500.) The Summa is unquestionably the best, so much formidable, most obvious ebook of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that is chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes right here by way of Kreeft, a well-liked Thomist instructor and author. St. Thomas Aquinas is universally famous 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 useful knowledge. he's the grasp of logic. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet really very important at the present time as a result of his synthesis of religion and cause, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco-Roman heritages. This little booklet is designed for newbies, both for lecture room use or separately. It comprises the main recognized and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to realizing them.

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2 * 3 Von Balthasar's statements therefore in his Cosmic Liturgy need to be read with some added precision. He there214 writes: The ineradicable distrust of an independent, objective nature, composite of body and soul, anterior to all grace, the distrust of the radical analogy of being, was necessarily a constant temptation to the Fathers, in the wake of Origen, to look for the truth of the creature in its immanence with God, ... org/access_use#pd-google the other hand to put its actual reality in connection, either overtly or covertly, with the Fall.

Something has changed since Aristotle and Philo, the supreme unity is no longer utterly one, but triune. This is at the very heart of Maximus' thought and the kernel of the imitation of God. Nor is it surprising that the Trinity should be assigned to the negative theology, inasmuch as this dis- tinction refers to our human efforts to know God, not to the divine self-revelation. Our knowledge then of the blessed Trinity is to be sought primarily in that revelation, in the Church, and in her sacramental-liturgical life.

He has really explained the essential unity of the human composite, without however recurring to the Aristotelian hylomorphic definition, which in the then common estimation was still too deeply stained with materialism for Christian use. And if he has made an advance, it is only in part that this is due to his philosophical acumen, that is, for the technical expression and defense of his doctrine. The doctrine itself and the firmness with which he held to it comes from his concen- tration on the mystery of Christ.

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