This work is written for those who need to understand their faith in order to explain it to others. For this reason, as well as the depth of St. Thomas’s thought contained in this work, the Summa Contra Gentiles is a relevant work for the modern age. Reading the Summa Contra Gentiles we are guided by the clarity of St. Thomas’s thought as he explores providence, creation other relevant topics. In particular, the portion of this work which St. Thomas devotes to considering the sacraments is particularly helpful, as the Summa Theologiae is incomplete, leaving off before St. Thomas treated of all of the sacraments.
Of the Summa Contra Gentiles, Rene-Antoine Gauthier affirms, “The Summa Contra Gentiles is an essay in personal reflection.” This is St. Thomas at his best.
TRANSLATOR: Anton C. Pegis and James F. Anderson
SOURCE TEXTS: Leonine 1918 edition, Marietti 1961 edition
TRANSLATOR: Vernon J. Bourke and Charles J. O’Neil
SOURCE TEXTS: Leonine 1926 edition, Marietti 1961 edition