The Summa Contra Gentiles
is the second of Thomas Aquinas’s three great theological syntheses, written after his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard
and before his Summa Theologiae
The Summa Contra Gentiles is
commonly thought to be composed with a missionary intention, possibly
for the use of Thomas’s brethren in their work of explaining the faith
to non-Christians, especially Muslims in Spain.
This volume contains the
third and fourth books of the Summa Contra Gentiles.
3 treats of God’s providence over all of creation from the perspective
of what can be known on the basis of human reason.
Book 4 treats of
matters of faith surpassing human reason: the Trinity of Persons in God,
the Incarnation of the Divine Word, the Work of Salvation, and the Last