The author proclaims in exasperation: “If the Summa was written for beginners, then I am not even close to being a beginner! I feel like a fool, dolt, and nincompoop!” -- to which I think most of us can say, join the club. =)
The post ends with a request for any other helpful books or resources. There are many recommendations from the readers, among them:
- Aquinas and His Role in Theology, by Marie-Dominique Chenu.
- A Guide to St. Thomas Aquinas, by Joseph Peiper.
- The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, by Etienne Gilson.
- A Companion to the Summa, by Walter Farrell, OP. [Online text].
- St. Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings, by Ralph MacInerney. [Also Dr. MacInerney's online lectures on Aquinas].
- A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists, by Ralph MacInerney.
See the original post for more discussion -- and if you have any personal recommendations of your own, do let me know. =)
P.S. Some good comments already, thanks guys -- and one reader has already noted The Dumb Ox, of which Etienne Gilson remarked: "I consider it as being without possible comparison the best book ever written on St. Thomas."
P.S. A reader has a question concerning Aquinas and academic bias.