A Companion to the Summa
Walter Farrell, O.P., S.T.D., S.T.M.
Member of the Thomistic Institute

Published originally by Sheed & Ward, New York, 1938--1942
© Dominicans, Province of St. Albert the Great

The Companion to the Summa is the most remarkable and successful attempt to put into modern English for a lay audience the essential arguments and insights of Aquinas' greatest work, the Summa theologiae. Fr. Farrell wrote almost sixty years ago, in the late 30's and early 40's, so we cannot fault him for the use of language that was acceptable at that time but might sound inappropriate today. His colorful and imaginative paraphrase deserves to be taken off the shelf and reviewed by all serious seekers of theological truth. In an age which looks upon the theology of the Catholic tradition as irrelevant to contemporary problems we leave it to your judgment to read and see if Aquinas, as mediated by the brilliant imagination of Fr. Walter Farrell, has a contribution to make.

The series is now considered to be in the public domain. We encourage visitors to these pages to download them for personal reflection and for preaching and catechetical use. The task of rendering the text in a format for browsing was a formidable one. 1,863 pages had to be scanned, proofread and formatted into 80 chapter/files. The work is now complete.

As an aid to consulting the text of Aquinas' Summa, we have inserted links to the online translation by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. Copyright 1947 Benzinger Brothers Inc., Hypertext Version Copyright 1995, 1996 New Advent Inc. at http://www.newadvent.org/summa/.


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