The leaders of heretical sects
openly declared that, if the teaching of Thomas Aquinas were only taken away, they could easily battle with all Catholic teachers, gain the victory, and abolish the Church. A vain hope, indeed, but no vain testimony. Pope Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris
St. Thomas Aquinas meets major objections to Catholic doctrines posed by Muslim scholars. He also refutes the arguments of certain dissident Catholics. With an introduction by James Likoudis, president of Catholics United for the Faith, and also containing the famous 1879 Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII: Aeterni Patris On the Restoration of Christian Philosophy According to the Mind of St. Thomas Aquinas.
World events and increased contacts with adherents to Islam are already resulting in increased religious dialogue between Muslims and Catholics. As the Pope has noted: "The Church has no wish to impose her own faith on others; however, this does not exempt the Lord's disciples from communicating the great gift which they have received: life in Christ."
This little masterpiece was written by St. Thomas, probably in Orvieto in 1265. The Summa Contra Gentiles - which he frequently refers to - had been completed by then, as had hisAgainst the Errors of the Greeks, concerning the procession of the Holy Spirit. St. Thomas was thus very well prepared to write on the reasons for our faith against the Muslims, Greeks, and Armenians.
The work is essentially a long letter addressed to an unknown "Cantor of Antioch," on how we ought to converse with Muslims who reject the dogma of the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Redemption and the Holy Eucharist, and with Greeks and Armenians who deny the existence of Purgatory (although prayers for the dead are considered acceptable by the Orthodox Church.
All in all, it is a classic work of Christian apologetics by the Angelic Doctor.
Translated by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner. Edited with notes and introduction by James Likoudis. Published by the Franciscans of the Immaculate.
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