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St. Thomas Aquinas: The Giants of Philosophy | [Kenneth L. Schmitz]

St. Thomas Aquinas: The Giants of Philosophy

St. Thomas Aquinas is known for producing history's most complete system of Christian philosophy. In the late 13th century, this quiet, reflective Dominican scholar combined the work of Aristotle with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and pagan thought to reconcile reason and faith. For Thomas, intellectual knowledge is a sign of the spirituality that energizes the human center. He believed we can know that God exists, but not what God is like.
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St. Thomas Aquinas is known for producing history's most complete system of Christian philosophy. In the late 13th century, this quiet, reflective Dominican scholar combined the work of Aristotle with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and pagan thought to reconcile reason and faith. For Thomas, intellectual knowledge is a sign of the spirituality that energizes the human center. He believed we can know that God exists, but not what God is like.

Thomas' masterpiece, the Summa Theologiae, contains over 10,000 objections and replies to fundamental questions about God and the world. It includes Thomas' famous "five ways" to prove God's existence, which are (1) the unmoved mover; (2) the uncaused cause; (3) the necessary being; (4) the perfect Goodness; and (5) the guiding intelligence. His thought continues to influence Catholic philosophy today.

The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history's greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

Don't miss other titles in The Giants of Philosophy series.

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    Candice St. Louis, MO, USA 03-11-07
    Candice St. Louis, MO, USA 03-11-07
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    "Mostly on the Summa"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. I was expecting a lot more biography, but what I got instead was a summary of several parts of the Summa Theologica, Aquinas's major work. What was covered was mainly Aquinas's argument for What is God? I found it fascinating and wished there were more -- a lot more. I was disappointed when it ended. This is a book for the philosophically inclined. It is not a book for somebody looking for a mere biography of Thomas. But as philosophy of religion, it's great!

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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 05-09-12
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    What did you like best about St. Thomas Aquinas? What did you like least?

    Best:
    It is a very sterile way to learn a little about this famous philosopher and Saint. It was concise.

    Least:
    Not enough detail, you can find out everything in this book in any longer book about him.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, since he died in 1274, I knew how this book had to end... It's still sad to me however to hear of his reaciton to his own work at the end. After all of his arguing with people over the existance of God, it turned out that Thomas was a very humble man after all...


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    Did St. Thomas Aquinas inspire you to do anything?

    Pray.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a bad book. If you know nothing about St. Thomas Acquinas, this is a good way to make an introduction. Thomas was one of the ssmartest men to ever live, but in the end he realized that his intellect and defense of God was nothing compared to the love and inteligence of God. If you want an introduction into St. Thomas, listen to this. If you're looking for a more detailed version of his works or life (this sort gives an overview of both) read a different book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Willia Danville, IL, United States 04-23-12
    Willia Danville, IL, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about St. Thomas Aquinas?

    The information is great and listening to Charlton Heston makes it easy to learn a little more than passing knowledge. While it is only a small start to the real study of this landmark thinker, it is a great introduction and the narrator makes it easy.


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