Thomas Aquinas's Summa contra gentiles : a guide and commentary / Brian Davies.

Davies, Brian, 1951- [Browse]
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xviii, 485 pages ; 25 cm


Summary note
The Summa Contra Gentiles (SCG), one of Aquinas's best-known works after the Summa Theologiea, is a philosophical and theological synthesis that examines what can be known of God both by reason and by divine revelation. A detailed expository account of and commentary on this famous work, Davies's book aims to help readers think about the value of the Summa Contra Gentiles 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 likely intentions in writing the SCG, the volume works systematically through all four books of the text. Presupposing no previous knowledge of Aquinas or of his works, Davies offers the most detailed account and discussion of the SCG available in English in one volume.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-471) and index.
  • The Summa contra Gentiles and its context
  • Approaching the question of God's existence (SCG, 1,10-12)
  • Arguing for God's existence (SCG, 1,13)
  • God as eternal and simple (SCG, 1,14-27)
  • Talking about God (SCG, 1,28-36)
  • Goodness, oneness, and infinity (SCG, 1,37-43)
  • God's knowledge (SCG, 1,44-71)
  • God's will, life, and blessedness (SCG, 1,72-102)
  • God as omnipotent creator (SCG, 2,1-29)
  • Necessity in creatures, the eternity of the world, and distinctions among creatures (SCG, 2,30-45)
  • Intellectual creatures (SCG, 2,46-101)
  • Agents, ends, evil, and good (SCG, 3,1-15)
  • The end of all things and of people in particular (SCG, 3,16-63)
  • Providence at work (SCG, 3,64-110)
  • Providence in relation to rational creatures (SCG, 3,111-163)
  • Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (SCG, 4,2-26)
  • God incarnate (SCG, 4,27-49)
  • The fittingness of the incarnation, sacraments, Resurrection, and the final state of all people and of the world (SCG, 4,50-97).
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