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Summa Theologica

The Summa Theologica is a monumental work by Thomas Aquinas, written between 1265 and 1274. It is a comprehensive study of Christian theology and philosophy.

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an Italian theologian and philosopher who is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the development of medieval Christian thought. He is best known for his extensive writings on philosophy and theology, particularly his synthesis of Aristotelian philosophy and Christian theology, which was a significant influence on the development of Scholasticism.

Aquinas was born into a noble family in Roccasecca, Italy. He joined the Dominican order in his youth and began studying under the philosopher Albertus Magnus in Cologne. He later taught at the University of Paris and wrote extensively on theology and philosophy.

Aquinas's most famous work is the Summa Theologica, a comprehensive study of Christian theology that covers a wide range of topics, including the nature of God, ethics, the soul, and the afterlife. In the Summa, Aquinas attempted to reconcile Aristotelian philosophy with Christian theology, arguing that faith and reason are complementary and that both are necessary for a full understanding of the world.

Aquinas's influence on Western philosophy and theology has been enormous, and his ideas continue to be studied and debated to this day. He was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1323 and is the patron saint of scholars and students.