• St. Thomas Aquinas

  • The Giants of Philosophy
  • By: Kenneth L. Schmitz
  • Narrated by: Charlton Heston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-07-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (5 ratings)

Summary

St. Thomas Aquinas is known for producing history's most complete system of Christian philosophy. In the late 13th century, this quiet, reflective Dominican scholar combined the work of Aristotle with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and pagan thought to reconcile reason and faith. For Thomas, intellectual knowledge is a sign of the spirituality that energizes the human center. He believed we can know that God exists, but not what God is like. Thomas' masterpiece, the Summa Theologiae, contains over 10,000 objections and replies to fundamental questions about God and the world. It includes Thomas' famous "five ways" to prove God's existence, which are (1) the unmoved mover; (2) the uncaused cause; (3) the necessary being; (4) the perfect Goodness; and (5) the guiding intelligence. His thought continues to influence Catholic philosophy today.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Candice on 11-03-07

Mostly on the Summa

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I was expecting a lot more biography, but what I got instead was a summary of several parts of the Summa Theologica, Aquinas's major work. What was covered was mainly Aquinas's argument for What is God? I found it fascinating and wished there were more -- a lot more. I was disappointed when it ended. This is a book for the philosophically inclined. It is not a book for somebody looking for a mere biography of Thomas. But as philosophy of religion, it's great!

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 23-04-12

Charlton Heston's voice leads you to learn.

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The information is great and listening to Charlton Heston makes it easy to learn a little more than passing knowledge. While it is only a small start to the real study of this landmark thinker, it is a great introduction and the narrator makes it easy.

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