Summa Contra Gentiles
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The Summa Contra Gentiles
THE SUMMA CONTRA GENTILES
SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS
LITERALLY TRANSLATED BY
THE ENGLISH DOMINICAN FATHERS
FROM THE LATEST LEONINE EDITION
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FIFTEEN years ago the English Dominican Fathers embarked on what was considered by many the hazardous and even useless venture of translating the Summa Theologica of the Angelic Doctor. Yet although there were critics adverse to the project, there were others, not a few, who approved and encouraged; these and the favour with which the effort, notwithstanding its many deficiencies, was received, heartened the translators to persevere, and enabled them to bring their work to a happy conclusion. For the venture has proved a success beyond the most sanguine expectations; and already the work has entered into a second edition.
During the progress of translating the Summa Theologica the translators were frequently asked why they had given preference to this work over the Summa Contra Gentiles. The reason is a simple one. The Latin text of the latter work, edited by P. A. Uccelli in 1857, was extremely defective, owing to the editor’s inability to read St. Thomas’s handwriting correctly. Father Peter Paul Mackey, who has been on the staff of the editors of the Leonine Edition of St. Thomas’s works for forty years, told the writer of this preface that it took him over two years to learn how to read St. Thomas’s autograph. It was not till 1918 that the above editors published the first two books of the Summa Contra Gentiles. Hence the delay in the translation. It is hoped that the English translation will receive the same indulgence and favour as that which has been accorded to the translation of the Summa Theologica.
FR. VINCENTIUS MCNABB, O.P., S.T.M.
FR. LUCAS WALKER, O.P., S.T.L.
FR. BEDE JARRETT, O.P., S.T.L., M.A.,
Prior Provincialis Angliæ
Die 13 Novembris, 1923.
Festo S. Thomæ Aquinatis,
G.H. JOYCE, S.J.,
EDM. CAN. SURMONT,
Die 15 Februarii, 1923.
Made and Printed in Great Britain
- ↑ A few examples will suffice to illustrate to what extent the text of Uccelli's edition wanders from the true reading. The ordinary print is Uccelli's version, the correct text is in italics:
Et hoc de facto. Et hoc Deus est. Bk. I., ch. xviii.
Deus autem est ipsius similitudo. Deus autem est ipsum suum esse. Ibid., ch. xxxvii.
In rerum autem profligatione. In rerum autem propagatione. Bk. II., ch. xxviii.
Ut fatalitas habet. Ut forte veritas habet. Ibid., ch. xlii.
|Source: St. Thomas Aquinas, The Summa Contra Gentiles, trans. by The English Dominican Fathers from the latest Leonine Edition, Benzinger Brothers: New York, 1924.|