Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary by Brian DaviesThomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary by Brian Davies

Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary

byBrian Davies

Paperback | June 2, 2016

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One of Aquinas's best known works after the Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles is a theological synthesis that explains and defends the existence and nature of God without invoking the authority of the Bible. A detailed expository account of and commentary on this famous work, Davies'sbook aims to help readers think about the value of the Summa Contra Gentiles (SCG) for themselves, relating the contents and teachings found in the SCG to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical. Following a scholarly account of Aquinas's life and his likelyintentions in writing the SCG, the volume works systematically through all four books of the text. It is, therefore, a solid and reflective introduction both to the SCG and to Aquinas more generally.The book is aimed at students of medieval philosophy and theology, and of Aquinas in particular. It will interest teachers of medieval philosophy and theology, though it does not presuppose previous knowledge of Aquinas or of his works. Davies's book is the longest and most detailed account anddiscussion of the SCG available in English in one volume.
Brian Davies is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.
Title:Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and CommentaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Summa Contra Gentiles and its Context2. Approaching the Question of God's Existence (SCG, 1,10-12)3. Arguing for God's Existence (SCG, 1,13)4. God as Eternal and Simple (SCG, 1,14-27)5. Talking About God (SCG, 1,28-36)6. Goodness, Oneness and Infinity (SCG, 1,37-43)7. God's Knowledge (SCG, 1,44-71)8. God's Will, Life, and Blessedness (SCG, 1,72-102)9. God as Omnipotent Creator (SCG, 2,1-29)10. Necessity in Creatures, the Eternity of the World, and Distinctions among Creatures (SCG, 2,30-45)11. Intellectual Creatures (SCG, 2,46-101)12. Agents, Ends, Evil, and Good (SCG, 3,1-15)13. The End of All Things and of People in Particular (SCG, 3,16-63)14. Providence at Work (SCG, 3,64-110)15. Providence in Relation to Rational Creatures (SCG, 3,111-163)16. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (SCG, 4,2-26)17. God Incarnate (SCG, 4,27-49)18. The Fittingness of the Incarnation, Sacraments, Resurrection, and the Final State of all People and of the World (SCG, 4,50-97)Appendix: SCG At A GlanceBibliographyIndex