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This text considers Aquinas the theologian, his profession as a teacher and preacher, his influence past and present, and theology as the subject of his thought and most of his writings. It examines the "Summa theologiae" in terms of its purpose and multiple structures. The centre piece of this volume is a tour through the themes of Christianity, as presented in the Summa, themes which range from Triune divine being, to the graced person as the image of God, and a member of the body of Christ, to the life beyond death. The perspective shifts between present and past, and O'Meara complements his study with an overview of six centuries of interpretation of Thomas's theology, revealing how through the centuries - various schools and disciples of Thomas have advocated his thought - but few have understood the structure and intent of his theology. It provides a contemporary exposition of Aquinas theology set against a backdrop of insight that reveals how it mirrored the creative directions of his personality and the times in which he lived, as well as the cultural and scientific forms and insights available to him. The author also discusses how some of Thomas's themes can contribute to theology in contemporary times, such as in psychology, art, and a theology of world religions.
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Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., is emeritus professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Erich Przywara, S.J.: His Theology and His World, published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
"Father O'Meara has been studying St. Thomas' life and works for many years. His guide to Thomas' theology, his world, and his influence traces the life and career of St. Thomas, including the context of his chief works; describes the background and internal structure of his Summa theologiae; elucidates the main themes of his theology; and summarizes the history of his influence--including his chief interpreters, the Thomistic schools--and the new interest in his work today."--Theology Digest
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Book Description University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, 1997. Paperback. 302p. A softcover book in good condition. Previous owner's name, first few pages have underlining, otherwise clean and tight. An insightful contribution to our contemporary understanding of Aquinas, O'Meara's new book is intelligent articulate, and will prove accessible to beginning readers and veteran Thomists alike. Seller Inventory # 1214843
Book Description University of Notre Dame, 1997. Hardback. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. ~Black cloth gilt. No ownership marks. ~Robust packaging. Size: xxi, 302pp. Dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # PP2972