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#1 - I. IN WHAT CONSISTS THE OFFICE OF A WISE MAN (preceded by Translator's Preface)

Summa Contra Gentiles, First Book (On God)

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Download I. IN WHAT CONSISTS THE OFFICE OF A WISE MAN (preceded by Translator's Preface) audio
Download II. THE AUTHOR'S INTENTION IN THIS WORK audio
Download III. IN WHAT WAY IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE KNOWN THE DIVINE TRUTH audio
Download IV. THAT THE TRUTH ABOUT DIVINE THINGS WHICH IS ATTAINABLE BY REASON IS FITTINGLY PROPOSED TO MAN AS AN OBJECT OF BELIEF audio
Download V. THAT THOSE THINGS WHICH CANNOT BE INVESTIGATED REASON ARE FITTINGLY PROPOSED TO MAN AS AN OBJECT OF FAITH audio
Download VI. THAT IT IS NOT A MARK OF LEVITY TO ASSENT TO THE THINGS THAT ARE OF FAITH, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE ABOVE REASON audio
Download VII. THAT THE TRUTH OF REASON IS NOT IN OPPOSITION TO THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH audio
Download VIII. IN WHAT RELATION HUMAN REASON STANDS TO THE TRUTH OF FAITH audio
Download IX. OF THE ORDER AND MODE OF PROCEDURE IN THIS WORK audio
Download X. OF THE OPINION OF THOSE WHO AVER THAT IT CANNOT BE DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE IS A GOD, SINCE THIS IS SELF-EVIDENT audio
Download XI. REFUTATION OF THE FOREGOING OPINION AND SOLUTION OF THE AFORESAID ARGUMENTS audio
Download XII. OF THE OPINION OF THOSE WHO SAY THAT THE EXISTENCE OF GOD CANNOT BE PROVED, AND THAT IT IS HELD BY FAITH ALONE audio
Download XIII. ARGUMENTS IN PROOF OF GOD'S EXISTENCE audio
Download XIV. THAT IN ORDER TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IT IS NECESSARY TO PROCEED BY THE WAY OF REMOTION audio
Download XV. THAT GOD IS ETERNAL audio
Download XVI. THAT IN GOD THERE IS NO PASSIVE POTENTIALITY audio
Download XVII. THAT IN GOD THERE IS NO MATTER audio
Download XVIII. THAT IN GOD THERE IS NO COMPOSITION audio
Download XIX. THAT IN GOD THERE IS NOTHING VIOLENT OR BESIDE NATURE audio
Download XX. THAT GOD IS NOT A BODY audio
Download XXI. THAT GOD IS HIS OWN ESSENCE audio
Download XXII. THAT IN GOD EXISTENCE AND ESSENCE ARE THE SAME audio
Download XXIII. THAT THERE IS NO ACCIDENT IN GOD audio
Download XXIV. THAT THE DIVINE BEING CANNOT BE SPECIFIED BY THE ADDITION OF ANY SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE audio
Download XXV. THAT GOD IS NOT IN ANY GENUS audio
Download XXVI. THAT GOD IS NOT THE FORMAL BEING OF ALL THINGS audio
Download XXVII. THAT GOD IS NOT THE FORM OF A BODY audio
Download XXVIII. OF THE DIVINE PERFECTION audio
Download XXIX. OF THE LIKENESS OF CREATURES audio
Download XXX. WHAT TERMS CAN BE PREDICATED OF GOD audio
Download XXXI. THAT THE DIVINE PERFECTION AND THE PLURALITY OF DIVINE NAMES ARE NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE DIVINE SIMPLICITY audio
Download XXXII. THAT NOTHING IS PREDICATED UNIVOCALLY OF GOD AND OTHER THINGS audio
Download XXXIII. THAT NOT ALL TERMS APPLIED TO GOD AND CREATURES ARE PURELY EQUIVOCAL audio
Download XXXIV. THAT TERMS APPLIED TO GOD AND CREATURES ARE EMPLOYED ANALOGICALLY audio
Download XXXV. THAT THE SEVERAL NAMES PREDICATED OF GOD ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS audio
Download XXXVI. HOW OUR INTELLECT FORMS A PROPOSITION ABOUT GOD audio
Download XXXVII. THAT GOD IS GOOD audio
Download XXXVIII. THAT GOD IS GOODNESS ITSELF audio
Download XXXIX. THAT NO EVIL CAN BE IN GOD audio
Download XL. THAT GOD IS THE GOOD OF EVERY GOOD audio
Download XLI. THAT GOD IS THE SOVEREIGN GOOD audio
Download XLII. THAT GOD IS ONE audio
Download XLIII. THAT GOD IS INFINITE audio
Download XLIV. THAT GOD IS AN INTELLIGENT BEING audio
Download XLV. THAT GOD'S ACT OF INTELLIGENCE IS HIS ESSENCE audio
Download XLVI. THAT GOD UNDERSTANDS BY NOTHING ELSE THAN HIS ESSENCE audio
Download XLVII. THAT GOD UNDERSTANDS HIMSELF PERFECTLY audio
Download XLVIII. THAT GOD KNOWS ONLY HIMSELF FIRST AND PER SE audio
Download XLIX. THAT GOD KNOWS THINGS OTHER THAN HIMSELF audio
Download L. THAT GOD HAS PROPER KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS audio
Download LI. REASONS FOR INQUIRING HOW THERE IS A MULTITUDE OF THINGS UNDERSTOOD IN THE DIVINE INTELLECT audio
Download LII. REASONS FOR INQUIRING HOW THERE IS A MULTITUDE OF THINGS UNDERSTOOD IN THE DIVINE INTELLECT audio
Download LIII. SOLUTION OF THE FOREGOING DOUBT audio
Download LIV. HOW THE DIVINE ESSENCE, THOUGH ONE AND SIMPLE, IS A PROPER LIKENESS OF ALL THINGS INTELLIGIBLE audio
Download LV. THAT GOD UNDERSTANDS ALL THINGS AT THE SAME INSTANT audio
Download LVI. THAT GOD'S KNOWLEDGE IS NOT A HABIT audio
Download LVII. THAT GOD'S KNOWLEDGE IS NOT DISCURSIVE audio
Download LVIII. THAT GOD DOES NOT UNDERSTAND BY COMPOSITION AND DIVISION audio
Download LIX. THAT GOD IS NOT IGNORANT OF THE TRUTH OF ENUNCIATIONS audio
Download LX. THAT GOD IS TRUTH audio
Download LXI. THAT GOD IS THE MOST PURE TRUTH audio
Download LXII. THAT THE DIVINE TRUTH IS THE FIRST AND SUPREME TRUTH audio
Download LXIII. THE ARGUMENTS OF THOSE WHO WOULD DENY TO GOD THE KNOWLEDGE OF SINGULARS audio
Download LXIV. ORDER OF THE THINGS TO BE SAID ABOUT THE DIVINE KNOWLEDGE audio
Download LXV. THAT GOD KNOWS SINGULARS audio
Download LXVI. THAT GOD KNOWS THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT audio
Download LXVII. THAT GOD KNOWS FUTURE CONTINGENT SINGULARS audio
Download LXVIII. THAT GOD KNOWS THE MOVEMENTS OF THE WILL audio
Download LXIX. THAT GOD KNOWS INFINITE THINGS audio
Download LXX. THAT GOD KNOWS TRIVIAL THINGS audio
Download LXXI. THAT GOD KNOWS EVIL THINGS audio
Download LXXII. THAT IN GOD THERE IS WILL audio
Download LXXIII. THAT GOD'S WILL IS HIS ESSENCE audio
Download LXXIV. THAT THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF GOD'S WILL IS THE DIVINE ESSENCE audio
Download LXXV. THAT GOD IN WILLING HIMSELF WILLS ALSO OTHER THINGS audio
Download LXXVI. THAT GOD, BY THE ONE ACT OF HIS WILL, WILLS HIMSELF AND OTHER THINGS audio
Download LXXVII. THAT THE MULTITUDE OF THINGS WILLED IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE DIVINE SIMPLICITY audio
Download LXXVIII. THAT THE DIVINE WILL EXTENDS TO PARTICULAR GOODS audio
Download LXXIX. THAT GOD WILLS EVEN THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET audio
Download LXXX. THAT GOD NECESSARILY WILLS HIS BEING AND HIS GOODNESS audio
Download LXXXI. THAT GOD DOES NOT NECESSARILY WILL OTHER THINGS THAN HIMSELF audio
Download LXXXII. OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE STATEMENT THAT GOD WILLS NOT OF NECESSITY THINGS OTHER THAN HIMSELF, IN THAT IT INVOLVES IMPOSSIBILITIES audio
Download LXXXIII. THAT GOD WILLS SOMETHING OTHER THAN HIMSELF BY A NECESSITY OF SUPPOSITION audio
Download LXXXIV. THAT GOD'S WILL IS NOT OF THINGS IMPOSSIBLE IN THEMSELVES audio
Download LXXXV. THAT THE DIVINE WILL DOES NOT REMOVE CONTINGENCY FROM THINGS, NOR IMPOSE ABSOLUTE NECESSITY ON THEM audio
Download LXXXVI. THAT A REASON OF THE DIVINE WILL CAN BE ASSIGNED audio
Download LXXXVII. THAT NOTHING CAN BE THE CAUSE OF THE DIVINE WILL audio
Download LXXXVIII. THAT IN GOD THERE IS FREE-WILL audio
Download LXXXIX. THAT THE PASSIONS OF THE APPETITE ARE NOT IN GOD audio
Download XC. THAT IN GOD ARE DELIGHT AND JOY, NOR ARE THEY INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE DIVINE PERFECTION audio
Download XCI. THAT IN GOD THERE IS LOVE audio
Download XCII. HOW VIRTUES ARE TO BE ASCRIBED TO GOD audio
Download XCIII. THAT IN GOD THERE ARE THE MORAL VIRTUES WHICH ARE ABOUT ACTIONS audio
Download XCIV. THAT THE CONTEMPLATIVE VIRTUES ARE IN GOD audio
Download XCV. THAT GOD CANNOT WILL EVIL audio
Download XCVI. THAT GOD HATES NOTHING, NOR CAN THE HATRED OF ANYTHING BE ASCRIBED TO HIM audio
Download XCVII. THAT GOD IS A LIVING BEING audio
Download XCVIII. THAT GOD IS HIS OWN LIFE audio
Download XCIX. THAT GOD'S LIFE IS ETERNAL audio
Download C. THAT GOD IS HAPPY audio
Download CI. THAT GOD IS HIS OWN HAPPINESS audio
Download CII. THAT GOD'S HAPPINESS IS PERFECT AND SINGULAR, SURPASSING ALL OTHER HAPPINESS audio

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The Summa Contra Gentiles was composed by Thomas Aquinas between 1259 and 1265, in four books broadly covering teachings on God, on Creation, on Providence, and on tenets specific to Christianity. This Summa is not to be confused with his final Summa, the Summa Theologiae. The latter is specifically "theological" and directed to a Christian audience (hence Summa "Theologica"), whereas the former, as the "Contra Gentiles" indicates, is directed toward "non-Christian" thinkers. Implicitly a defence of the Catholic Christian faith, the first three books constitute a sort of rational apology of Christian thought, where philosophical arguments are deployed to defend Christian beliefs and usually only evoke Scripture in a latter instance to show its concordance with these largely-rational conclusions; the fourth book, however, is theological in character given that its content deals primarily with topics derived from Christian revelation. Although Thomas Aquinas certainly aims to discredit pagan, Jewish, Muslim or Christian-"heretical" positions incompatible with the Catholic Christian religion in this work, at the same time he incorporates whatever is salvageable from their thought, thus often quoting in his favor the very authors he discredits on other positions: therefore the "Contra Gentiles" of this Summa is not to be understood as an outright rejection of non-Christian thought, but rather as a sort of "rational purification" unto its Catholic assimilation, in disposing open minds to revealed Christian truths. (Summary by M.S.C. Lambert, LC)

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