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Because the doctor of Catholic truth ought not only to teach the proficient, but also to instruct beginnersSt. Thomas intended his Summa (i.e. summary) of theological thought for the teacher as well as the beginner.
(according to the Apostle: As unto little ones in Christ, I gave you milk to drink, not meat -- 1 Corinthians 3:1-2),In this verse from 1 Corinthians, St. Paul is admonishing the Corinthians because they have not advanced in the knowledge of Christ.
weI don't know who he means by "we". Perhaps he is using it in the sense of the Royal "we", wherein, those in authority represent all in authority and those who have gone before and perhaps even that they speak as representatives of God.
purpose in this book to treat of whatever belongs to the Christian religion,The Summa, then, is about teaching the Christian faith. Not any other.
in such a way as may tend to the instruction of beginners.And, it is intended to simplify the matter in order that beginners may better understand it.
We have considered that students in this doctrine have not seldom (not seldom i.e. frequently) been hampered by what they have found written by other authors,St. Thomas feels that most teachers of theology, in his day, were boring. Therefore, students who wanted to learn theology, stopped, because the authors bored them with ...
partly on account of the multiplication of useless questions, articles, and arguments,...silly questions,...
partly also because those things that are needful for them to know are not taught according to the order of the subject matter, but according as the plan of the book might require, or the occasion of the argument offer,...illogical organization of the material,...
partly, too, because frequent repetition brought weariness and confusion to the minds of readers....and, too much repetition. All these things confused the students and they dropped the subject.
Endeavouring to avoid these and other like faults, we shall try, by God's help, to set forth whatever is included in this sacred doctrine as briefly and clearly as the matter itself may allow.So, St. Thomas seeks to correct these faults. His intention is to be very brief and quite clear in his teaching of the Christian faith.
Is there a way to prove the Assumption of Mary other than saying "the Church says so" to a Protestant?Lets try this:
Genesis 5:24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
2 Kings 2:11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Jude 1:9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth such an one caught up to the third heaven.
Matthew 27:52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 16:28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Revelation 12:1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
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