Summa Theologiae: Volume 39, Religion and Worship: 2a2ae. 80-91

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 2006 - Religion - 308 pages
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The Summa Theologiae ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought. It provides the framework for Catholic studies in systematic theology and for a classical Christian philosophy, and is regularly consulted by scholars of all faiths and none, across a range of academic disciplines. This paperback reissue of the classic Latin/English edition first published by the English Dominicans in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, has been undertaken in response to regular requests from readers and librarians around the world for the entire series of 61 volumes to be made available again. The original text is unchanged, except for the correction of a small number of typographical errors.
  

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Contents

Article 1 are the virtues annexed to justice correcdy enumerated?
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Article 1 is religion concerned only with our relationship
10
God?
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Article 2 is religion a virtue?
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Article 3 is religion one virtue?
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Article 4 is religion a special virtue?
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Article 5 is religion a theological virtue?
23
Article 6 is religion better than the other moral virtues?
25
Article 2 is devotion an act of religion?
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Article 3 do contemplation and meditation cause devotion?
39
Article 4 is joy an effect of devotion?
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PRAYER 46 Article 1 is prayer an act of the cognitive or appetitive powers?
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Article 2 is prayer useful?
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Article 3 is prayer an act of religion?
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Article 4 should we pray only to God?
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Article 5 should we ask for something definite when we pray?
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Article 7 does religion have any external actions?
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Article 8 are religion and sanctity identified?
31
DEVOTION 34 Article 1 is devotion a special act?
35
Article 6 may we request temporal goods when we pray?
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Article 7 should we pray for others?
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Article 8 must we pray for our enemies?
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About the author (2006)

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

O'Rourke is the director of the Center for Health Care Ethics and Professor of Clinical Ethics, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University.