Thomas Aquinas: The Basics
Thomas Aquinas: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the theology of arguably the greatest theologian and philosopher of the Middle Ages. The sophistication and complexity of his thought can be daunting for those approaching his work for the first time. Through this lively and accessible book, Harkins provides an entry point to understanding Aquinas’s mature theological thought. As well as giving an overview of Aquinas’s life and written works, this book examines Aquinas’s understanding of:
• the nature and purpose of theology;
• God’s nature, existence, and operations;
• the Trinity;
• the human person, human happiness, and the virtues;
• Christ and salvation; and
• the sacraments.
Including a useful glossary of key terms, this text is ideal for students and interested non-specialists seeking an understanding of the theology of Aquinas.
1. Introduction: Aquinas the theologian
2. Sacred doctrine
3. God’s nature, existence, and operations
4. The Trinity
7. The human and the virtues
8. Christ and His saving work
9. The sacraments
"This basic introduction to Aquinas’s theological thought is a great achievement: it succeeds in combining well-informed presentations of selected topics from the Summa theologiae with acute discussions of contemporary critiques and debates around his theology."
—Rudi te Velde, Tilburg University, Netherlands
"An accessible introduction to the theology of Thomas Aquinas, Harkins balances historical contextualization of Aquinas' thought and engagement with modern interpretations and misinterpretations, using illustrative analogies and humor to explain difficult theological concepts in an engaging style."
—Aaron M. Canty, Saint Xavier University, USA