Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide by Randall B. Smith

By Randall B. Smith

Preaching used to be immensely very important within the medieval Church, and Thomas Aquinas expended a lot effort and time preaching. at the present time, despite the fact that, Aquinas’s sermons stay particularly unstudied and underappreciated. this can be mostly simply because their sermo modernus type, ordinary of the 13th century, can seem strange and inaccessible to the fashionable reader. In studying the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas, Randall Smith publications the reader via Aquinas’s sermons, explaining their shape and content material. within the technique, one involves enjoy the sermons of their rhetorical brilliance, attractiveness, and profound non secular intensity whereas concurrently being initiated right into a attention-grabbing global of idea touching on Scripture, language, and the human brain. The ebook additionally comprises analytical outlines for all of Aquinas’s extant sermons. interpreting the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s consultant is an fundamental quantity for these attracted to the idea of Aquinas, within the highbrow and non secular milieu within which he labored, and within the manifold methods of preaching the Gospel message.

About the author

Randall Smith is Professor of Theology on the collage of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He accomplished his doctorate on the collage of Notre Dame lower than the path of the overdue Ralph McInerny. His articles have seemed in journals resembling The Thomist, Communio, and Nova et Vetera.


“Aquinas was once either preacher and enquirer. Randall Smith’s ultimate ebook takes us toward knowing the connection among those vocations than someone else has performed to date. Aquinas’s sermons exemplify a rhetoric based by means of arts of reminiscence, in order that his listeners’ minds have been expert through Scripture and their wishes concerned with Him of whom Scripture speaks.”

Alasdair MacIntyre
University of Notre Dame

“Randall Smith has written a publication that for a long time has been an pressing desideratum. The sermons of Thomas Aquinas arguably are the main underappreciated and least learn a part of his theological oeuvre. they seem to be a veritable treasure, yet like any actual treasure, short of unlocking. With this wonderful e-book, Randall Smith has eventually supplied an interpretive key that enables us to obtain the treasure of Thomas’s sermons. This well-written publication is a section of rigorous scholarship, a must-read for all scholars of Aquinas's theology, additionally for all who love Christ-centered, biblical preaching, and final yet now not least when you are looking to know how preaching labored on the earth of medieval universities and one of the Dominican preachers.”

Reinhard Hutter
Duke collage Divinity School

“St. Thomas is universally referred to as a theologian, yet few humans be aware of that he was once additionally a talented preacher. His sermons symbolize a vital part of his paintings, really illuminating for a greater knowing of his individual and his spirituality. In examining them, one discovers the consistent main issue of a grasp theologian to increase his theology via a pastoral perform tailored to the main humble settings. Professor Randall Smith has completely grasped this goal. His ebook, conscious of and good trained by way of the main up to date scholarship, may also help today’s reader to penetrate extra deeply into this overlooked a part of the Thomistic corpus.”

Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.
University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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