Summa Contra Gentiles
TheÂ Summa Contra GentilesÂ comes to us in a manuscript penned and revised by St. Thomas. It is thought that St. Thomas began writing this work around the year 1259 when he had returned to Italy for a stay of several years.
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. Thomasâ€™s thought contained in this work, theÂ Summa Contra GentilesÂ is a relevant work for the modern age. Reading theÂ Summa Contra GentilesÂ we are guided by the clarity of St. Thomasâ€™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 theÂ Summa TheologiaeÂ is incomplete, leaving off before St. Thomas treated of all of the sacraments.
Of theÂ Summa Contra Gentiles, Rene-Antoine Gauthier affirms, â€œTheÂ Summa Contra GentilesÂ is an essay in personal reflection.â€ This is St. Thomas at his best.
Aquinas completed the Summa Contra Gentiles while in Italy from 1260-1265