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Nature and Grace: Selections from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas

by St. Thomas Aquinas

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This selection from Aquinas' magnum opus, the Summa Theologica, covers the great Catholic philosopher's words on the nature of God, the nature of sin, and how God's grace sanctifies and transforms the lives of Christians. Concerning the nature of God, this selection includes Aquinas' arguments for God's existence, his description of God's metaphysical attributes, and his exploration of how God interacts with creation and the people who inhabit it. In the portion of the selection focusing on sin, Aquinas asks and answers the questions of what sin is and how it affects human beings. The selection's last portion presents Aquinas' thoughts on sin's remedy, God's grace. For those seeking Aquinas' insight on the topics here presented, this selection may prove a less cumbersome and more streamlined alternative to the entire Summa.

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St. Thomas Aquinas
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: January 28, 1225, Castle of Roccasecca, near Aquino, Italy
Died: March 7, 1274, Fossanova Abbey, Lazio, Italy
Related topics: Aristotle, Catholic Church, Early works, Ethics, History
Basic information: Thomas Aquinas, O.P. , also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian Dominican priest of the Roman Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, known as Doctor Angelicus (Angelic Doctor), Doctor Communis, or Doctor Universalis. "Aquinas" is not a surname, but is a Latin demonym for a resident of Aquino, his place of birth. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism.
Popular works: Summa Theologica, Of God and His Creatures, Nature and Grace: Selections from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea - Gospel of Matthew, Catena Aurea - Gospel of Mark