Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles
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Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles : A Guide and Commentary

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One of Aquinas's best known works after the Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles is a theological synthesis that explains and defends the existence and nature of God without invoking the authority of the Bible. A detailed expository account of and commentary on this famous work, Davies's book aims to help readers think about the value of the Summa Contra Gentiles (SCG) for themselves, relating the contents and teachings found in the SCG to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical. Following a scholarly account of Aquinas's life and his likely intentions in writing the SCG, the volume works systematically through all four books of the text. It is, therefore, a solid and reflective introduction both to the SCG and to Aquinas more generally. The book is aimed at students of medieval philosophy and theology, and of Aquinas in particular. It will interest teachers of medieval philosophy and theology, though it does not presuppose previous knowledge of Aquinas or of his works. Davies's book is the longest and most detailed account and discussion of the SCG available in English in one volume.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 158 x 233 x 34mm | 664g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019045654X
  • 9780190456542
  • 410,881

About Brian Davies

Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.show more

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"This book gives one the feeling of being in the presence of a talented and experienced teacher, who brings Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles (SCG) to life for his students. For students and especially for teachers of Aquinas's philosophy and theology, Brian Davies' guide and commentary is a gift I highly recommend this book to those who want an accessible, reliable, and (relatively) quick introduction to Aquinas's SCG, or to Aquinas's work in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology more generally. I think that students of Aquinas and especially teachers of Aquinas stand to benefit greatly from this volume."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews"That Davies's book on Aquinas's Summa contra Gentiles is daring, erudite, and beautifully written should come as no surprise...Beginners will find no better introduction to the Summa contra Gentiles. Experts will find a thoughtful, enriching dialogue partner. There is no comparable one-volume work in English, so the book is singular. Davies is to be praised...Essential"--CHOICE"Davies's commentary on Summa Contra Gentiles is a tight, mature work Davies's guide is exceptionally erudite "--Reading Religion "I highly recommend this book to those who want an accessible, reliable, and (relatively) quick introduction to Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles, or to Aquinas's work in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology more generally. I think that students of Aquinas and especially teachers of Aquinas stand to benefit greatly from this volume. As much as a book can, with its colorful examples, clear explanations, and evident passion for the topics covered, it gives one the sense of attending a master teacher's course on Aquinas's SCG." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "That Davies's book on Aquinas's Summa contra Gentiles is daring, erudite, and beautifully written should come as no surprise Beginners will find no better introduction to the Summa contra Gentiles. Experts will find a thoughtful, enriching dialogue partner. There is no comparable one-volume work in English, so the book is singular. Davies is to be praised Essential"--CHOICE"Davies's commentary on Summa Contra Gentiles is a tight, mature work Davies's guide is exceptionally erudite "--Reading Religion "Davies's commentary on Summa Contra Gentiles is a tight, mature work Davies's guide is exceptionally erudite "--Reading Religion ..".[A] scholarly triumph... [This book] is thorough, well organized, and supplemented with copious notes and pie charts that give a visual breakdown of the philosophical and theological subjects covered in the Summa... those looking for a comprehensive and accessible companion to Aquinas's Summa could do no better... Essential."-CHOICEshow more

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