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Summa S. Thomae Hodiernis Academiarum Moribus Accomodata, Sive Cursus Theologiae

 Ad usum Scholarum Thomisticarum

In Nineteen Volumes.

By Charles Rene Billuart

1747-1750 - Leodii - Apud Everardum Kints

7.5" by 4.5"

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

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A smart uniformly bound set of Billuart first edition theological works created to be used within Thomistic schools.

Written in Latin.

Featuring decorative head and tail pieces, coat of arms and illuminated capitals.

Originally created by philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, Thomas Aquinas, his work is described as "one of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature."  It is intended as a manual for beginners in theology and a compendium of all of the main theological teachings of the Church. It presents the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West.

Thomas was a theologian and a Scholastic philosopher. However, he never considered himself a philosopher, and criticised philosophers, whom he saw as pagans, for always "falling short of the true and proper wisdom to be found in Christian revelation." With this in mind, Thomas did have respect for Aristotle, so much so that in the Summa, he often cites Aristotle simply as "the Philosopher." Much of his work bears upon philosophical topics, and in this sense may be characterised as philosophical. Thomas's philosophical thought has exerted enormous influence on subsequent Christian theology, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church, extending to Western philosophy in general. Thomas stands as a vehicle and modifier of Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism.

The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God; Creation, Man; Man's purpose; Christ; the Sacraments; and back to God. The Summa Theologica is meant to summarise the history of the cosmos and provide an outline for the meaning of life itself.Throughout the work, Aquinas cites not only Aristotle but Sacred Scripture, Augustine of Hippo, and other Jewish, Greek, Roman, Christian, and Muslim scholars. The Summa Theologi is a more structured and expanded version of Aquinas's earlier Summa contra Gentiles, each written for different purposes: the Summa Theologi to explain the Christian faith to theology students, and the Summa contra Gentiles to explain it and defend it in hostile situations.

Complete in nineteen volumes.

CONDITION

In the original mottled calf bindings with marbled text block edge, and gilt design and lettering to the spines. Externally, all are sound with only light wear to the extremities and head of the spines. Volume one has slight wear encroaching onto the front board. Internally, all are generally firmly bound with volume's seventeen and nine being slightly strained in places. Pages are extremely bright and clean given the age of the books, with only the very odd spot, and very slight age toning to page 449 of volume five. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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