Thomas Aquinas stands among the most important thinkers in Christendom. In his writings we find the source of every intellectual development in the eight centuries following his life, especially on the nature and being of God. A theologian, philosopher, saint, and Doctor of the Church, the works of the “Angelic Doctor” are an essential foundation for understanding perhaps every topic in theology from the past 800 years.
The Works of St. Thomas Aquinas collection brings together many of his most influential works encompassing theology, philosophy, and textual commentary. Study the Summa Theologica with both the original Latin text and the Fathers of the English Dominican Province English translation. Delve into Scripture with Aquinas’ Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) commentary on the Gospels. Survey his exposition and commentary on philosophers like Aristotle and Boethius, as well as early Church Fathers such as Origen, Augustine, and Chrysostom. You’ll also find homilies written by Thomas Aquinas, as well as his thoughts on the Eucharist, the priesthood, and much more.
Available as 18 digital downloads, this collection encompasses over 50 print volumes—or over 20,000 pages—of writings by Thomas Aquinas.
Take a look at the Fathers of the Church Series (127 vols.), spanning five centuries of Christian history.
Perhaps no other man ever came so near to calling the Creator by his own name.
St. Thomas is important for us today precisely because of our lack. Timeless truth is always timely, of course, but some aspects of truth are especially needed at some times, and it seems that our times badly need seven Thomistic syntheses: (1) of faith and reason, (2) of the biblical and the classical, (3) of the ideals of clarity and profundity, (4) of common sense and technical sophistication, (5) of theory and practice, (6) of an understanding, intuitive vision and a demanding, accurate logic, and (7) of the one and the many, a cosmic unity or ‘big picture’ and carefully sorted out distinctions. I think it a safe judgment that no one in the entire history of human thought has ever succeeded better than St. Thomas in making not just one but all seven of these marriages which are essential to health and happiness.
Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) entered the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino at the age of five to begin his studies. He was transferred to the University of Naples at age 16, where he became acquainted with the revival of Aristotle and the Order of the Dominicans. Aquinas went on to study in Cologne in 1244 and Paris in 1245. He then returned to Cologne in 1248, where he became a lecturer.
Aquinas’ career as a theologian took him all over Europe. In addition to regularly lecturing and teaching in cities throughout Europe, Aquinas participated regularly in public life and advised both kings and popes. Thomas Aquinas died on March 7, 1274 while traveling to the Second Council of Lyons. Fifty years after his death, Pope John XXII proclaimed Aquinas a saint. The First Vatican Council declared Aquinas the “teacher of the church.” In 1879, Pope Leo XII declared the Summa Theologica (22 vols.) the best articulation of Catholic doctrine, and Aquinas was made the patron saint of education. He is a Doctor of the Church, and is sometimes known as the “Angelic Doctor.”
Thomas Aquinas also profoundly influenced the history of Protestantism. He wrote prolifically on the relationship between faith and reason, as well as the theological and philosophical issues which defined the Reformation.