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There are several extremely good collections of Thomas' writings available so the first question one has to address to this 1999 edition with Ralph McInerny as editor is why this one.

Dr. McInerny has found a better way of setting out the thought of Thomas. This is a collection that follows the chronology of Thomas's career and reflects the development of his thought.

A reader may be surprised at this thinking and fear (rightfully) that the early Aquinas may reflect a jejune quality in his writings. Interestingly enough, for example, the commentaries on Aristotle come late in Thomas's career, beginning in 1268, and come to an end, with his writing generally, in 1273.

And a moment's thought indicates that the selections might be skewed as to quality is not a problem. As Dr. McInerny explains, Thomas's close study of Aristotle does not begin with the commentaries, it reaches its culmination in them. "From his earliest writings we find him handling the thought of Aristotle with confidence. Misgivings about Averroes and Avicenna are there almost from the beginning. And we find among his earliest writings Thomas's presentation of key philosophical doctrines that are set forth as both Aristotelian and true." So there is no loss of maturity or incisiveness of observation in the earlier writings that deal with Aristotle.

Best of all are the observations and commentaries by Dr. McInerny, a prince of Catholic intellectual life over his 80 years on this earth. One of his parting comments on the Notre Dame controversy the previous year: “Barack Hussein Obama, enabler-in-chief-of abortion, has agreed to speak at the 2009 commencement and to receive an honorary doctorate of law,” he wrote on the Web site of the conservative magazine National Review.

“That abortion and its advocacy violate a primary precept of natural law reinforced by the Catholic Church’s explicit doctrine is a mere bagatelle. Wackos of all kinds will kick up a fuss, of course, but their protest will go unnoticed in South Bend. The pell-mell pursuit of warm and fuzzy Catholicism will continue.”

Dr. McInerny lives in this book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140436324, Paperback)

Although a controversial figure in his own day, St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-74) forged a unique synthesis of faith and reason, of ancient philosophy and sacred scripture, which decisively influenced Dante and the whole subsequent Catholic tradition.

Intensely interested in Aristotle, as well as Plato, Paul and Augustine, Thomas believed that unaided human thought can take us a long way towards wisdom and truth, although it must always be supplemented by the central mystery of revelation. His writings contain many classic statements of doctrine about angels, the Incarnation, Trinity, sacraments and the soul, and also penetrating discussions on choice, creation and conscience, law, logic and the purpose of life.

In this superb selection, arranged chronologically, Ralph McInerny brings together sermons, commentary responses to criticism and substantial extracts from one of Christianity's supreme masterpieces, the Summa theologiae. For anyone concerned to find ways of reconciling science and reason and religion, Thomas has always been a major source inspiration. This volume reveals both the development and sheer scope of his work.

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"In this selection, arranged chronologically, Ralph McInerny brings together sermons, commentary responses to criticism and substantial extracts from one of Christianity's supreme masterpieces, the Summa theologiae. For anyone concerned to find ways of reconciling science and reason and religion, Thomas has always been a major source inspiration. This volume reveals both the development and sheer scope of his work."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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