A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of by Peter Kreeft

By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot better Summa of the Summa, which in flip was once a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is lovely visible: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa used to be simply over 500.) The Summa is unquestionably the best, so much bold, most reasonable e-book of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that is chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes right here via Kreeft, a favored 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 choked with either theoretical and sensible knowledge. he's the grasp of good judgment. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet fairly 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 ebook is designed for novices, both for lecture room use or separately. It includes the main well-known and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to realizing them.

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So it was that part of Inner Austria fell under the Archbishop of Salzburg and other parts to the Patriarch of Aquileia in the Republic of Venice, while Madrid, capital of a vast overseas empire, did not even enjoy diocesan status. Archbishops and bishops reigned supreme within their dioceses, giving both spiritual and administrative direction to the see. In these tasks, they were frequently hindered by the canons of the collegiate and cathedral churches, who became increasingly obstructive as the scope of their duties was reduced.

19 The demise of the Jesuits left the Church poorly positioned to tackle the intellectual challenges of the century. Paradoxically, in France the sale of Jesuit libraries led to widespread access to Enlightenment books which the fathers had purchased in order to know better their enemies. Belief and Practice It has long been agreed by historians of the eighteenth century that the intellectual atmosphere of the period, usually encapsulated in the term the ‘Enlightenment’, was hostile to religion in general and to revealed religion in particular.

In the former, the parish clergy were relatively numerous; they played a leading role in the direction of religious and social practices and were generally appreciated by the laity. In the latter, the clergy were relatively sparse, and there was a good deal of resistance to their claims to both spiritual and social precedence. The key factor in creating a clericalised laity was not so much the total number of clerics, including canons and regulars who would be concentrated in the towns, but the visibility and existence of parish clergy in the rural communities.

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