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

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By Peter Kreeft

A shortened model of Kreeft's a lot higher Summa of the Summa, which in flip used to be a shortened model of the Summa Theologica. the cause of the double shortening is beautiful noticeable: the unique runs a few 4000 pages! (The Summa of the Summa used to be simply over 500.) The Summa is definitely the best, so much formidable, most reasonable ebook of theology ever written. In it, there's additionally a lot philosophy, that is chosen, excerpted, prepared, brought, and defined in footnotes the following via Kreeft, a well-liked 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 filled with either theoretical and useful knowledge. he's the grasp of logic. The Summa Theologica is undying, yet rather vital 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 publication is designed for novices, both for lecture room use or separately. It comprises the main well-known and influential passages of St. Thomas' philosophy with copious aids to knowing them.

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November/December 306–January 16, 308 (May 27 or June 26, 308–January 16, 309, in the Vatican’s official list) Marcellus is best known for his severe attitude toward those Christians who had lapsed in time of 42 the pocket guide to the popes persecution. There is some confusion, however, about his real identity and the dates of his pontificate. Some have confused him with his predecessor, Marcellinus (Marcellus is not mentioned, for example, in Eusebius of Caesarea’s history of the Church), and the Annuario Pontificio, an official Vatican publication, gives his dates as May/June 308–January 16, 309.

In his youth Callistus had been a slave of a Christian who set him up in banking, but eventually he became Pope Zephrynus’s deacon. Because of Zephrynus’s own intellectual and administrative limitations, Callistus exerted enormous influence and was elected to succeed him. Hippolytus, however, refused to accept the election and seems to the popes 29 have sought and received election as bishop by a schismatic group, thereby becoming the Catholic Church’s first of thirty-nine antipopes. Callistus’s five-year pontificate was defined in large part by his constant battles with Hippolytus and his faction, who accused the pope of doctrinal deviations (Modalism in particular, the view that in God there is only one divine Person with three modes of activity) and laxity in discipline, especially in regard to readmitting heretics and schismatics.

December 22, 401–March 12, 417 One of the early Church’s staunchest defenders of the prerogatives of the Apostolic See in matters of doctrine and ecclesiastical discipline, Innocent I was actually the son of Anastasius I. This is the first instance of a son succeeding his father to the papacy. As the Western empire was buckling under the relentless onslaughts of the migrating Germanic tribes, Innocent asserted papal claims with ever greater frequency and emphasis. He laid down laws for churches (all in the West, however) regarding the Canon of the Mass, Eucharistic Prayer, the sacraments of Penance, Extreme Unction, and Confirmation, and the canon of Sacred Scripture (he excluded several apocryphal books).

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