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COMMENTARY ON THE SUMMA THEOLOGIAE OF THOMAS AQUINAS: Prologue

COMMENTARY ON THE SUMMA THEOLOGIAE OF THOMAS AQUINAS
Commentators Introduction
            In what follows I will provide my own translation of the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas. I intend to work my way, slowly but surely, through the entire Summa. Each translated section of the Summa will be followed by a short commentary in which I hope to point out some important interpretative keys to understanding the text. We begin, as is appropriate, with Aquinas's short prologue to the Summa.

Prologue
Because the true universal [catholicae] teacher must not only instruct the advanced, but those also who are beginning, according as the Apostle [says], in the first letter to the Corinthians 3:1, “just like to small children in Christ, I gave you milk to drink, not meat”, our intention, in this work, is to put forward all that is pertinent to the Christian religion, and to do so in such a way as is adapted to the teaching of beginners.             For, we have observed that many beginners a…