Brian Davies offers the first in-depth study of Saint Thomas Aquinas's thoughts on God and evil, revealing that Aquinas's thinking about God and evil can be traced through his metaphysical philosophy, his thoughts on God and creation, and his writings about Christian revelation and the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. Davies first gives an introduction to Aquinas's philosophical theology, as well as a nuanced analysis of the ways in which Aquinas's writings have been considered over time. For hundreds of years scholars have argued that Aquinas's views on God and evil were original and different from those of his contemporaries. Davies shows that Aquinas's views were by modern standards very original, but that in their historical context they were more traditional than many scholars since have realized. Davies also provides insight into what we can learn from Aquinas's philosophy. Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil is a clear and engaging guide for anyone who struggles with the relation of God and theology to the problem of evil.
Catholic Press Award Winner! An Italian priest of the 13th century, Aquinas is considered by many Roman Catholics to be the greatest theologian through the ages. He is less known as a deeply inspiring saint and spiritual master. Renowned Catholic theologian, international speaker, and author, Fr. Robert Barron, offers us one of the finest introductions to this hard-to-study, major figure of Western history. A classic for everyone interested in Catholic faith and thought.
This complete yet concise reference work provides scholars and students with accurate interpretations of the ways in which Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) used important theological terms. Aquinas became one of the most important theologians of the Middle Ages and his influence continues today. His thought is of major interest to both Roman Catholics and Protestants. - Back cover.
Brian Davies's book is the first to offer a modern, comprehensive presentation of the total thought of Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest Western philosophers, and one of the greatest Christian theologians.