Thomas Aquinas The Summa Contra Gentiles
The book is widely believed to have been written to offer an explanation for, and a defense of the Christian truth in encounters with hostile unbelievers . The arguments in the book are each adapted in order to suit the circumstances for which they are intended. Each of the articles in the book refutes a proposition posited by heretics. The book explicates particular core beliefs of Christianity as opposed to merely expounding on the breadth and the length of the truth in Christianity.
The Summa Contra Gentiles is divided into four books, and two chapters. Thomas covers different aspects in all three books. In Book III, Thomas demonstrates how for him, all creations have their ending in God.
The Summa Theologiae on the other hand is more of a guide, or an instructional material for theologians who may be classified as moderates. The book encompasses all the Catholic Church’s major theological teachings. It lays out the reasoning behind nearly all elements of theology in Christianity. Despite the fact that the book was uncompleted at the time of Aquinas’ death, it is still viewed by many as the single greatest work of Aquinas . The book’s topics follow a defined cycle, beginning and ending with …show more content…
Thomas however argues that there are other delights, which far outweigh bodily delights, yet they do not lead to happiness. He opines that every delight is a proper accident that results from happiness or from a portion of happiness. Thomas posits that a man’s delight arises from a fitting good from reality, hope, or memory. A fitting good if it is perfect is the precise definition of happiness. However, if it is imperfect, it is just a share of happiness . Thus, none of these is delight since delight comes from a perfect