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December 23 , 2008

Catholic Legends: The Life and Legacy of St. Thomas Aquinas


*Includes a detailed explanation of the concepts Thomas Aquinas laid out in Summa Theologica.*Discusses both the philosophical and theological legacies of Thomas Aquinas, and how his writings and teachings continue to be applied today.*Includes historic depictions of Thomas Aquinas and important people and places in his life.*Includes a Table of ContentsA lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of historys most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors Catholic Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of the Churchs most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. It would be hard to overstate the influence that St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) has had on both the Catholic world and the West as a whole over the last 750 years. Even in secular circles, Aquinas is known as one of the most important medieval philosophers, and in many respects a harbinger of the Renaissance that began to flourish across Europe in the centuries that followed his life. His groundbreaking work, Summa Theologica, remains one of the most influential philosophical texts in history, earning him a place in the pantheon alongside Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. Aquinas had just as great an influence on Christianity as well. His philosophical works forged and established natural theology, squaring Catholicism with reason and logic, the ideals and aspects of modern thought that really took hold during the Renaissance. With his work on logic, theology, and metaphysics, as one of the Churchs Doctors, Thomas Aquinas remains the Catholic Churchs greatest theologian and philosopher, and he is still held out by the Church as the role model for those studying to become a Catholic priest. Catholic Legends: The Life and Legacy of St. Thomas Aquinas details the remarkable life he lived and analyzes his writings, explaining how strong and enduring his legacy has become. Along with historic depictions of Thomas Aquinas and other important places and events in his life, you will learn about the Churchs greatest philosopher like you never have before, in no time at all.
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