Summa Theologica - 01 Pars Prima, Initial Questions

Read by Jim Ruddy

(4.7 stars; 35 reviews)

The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written 1265–1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas although it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners as a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasonings for almost all points of Christian theology in the West, which, before the Protestant Reformation, subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God's creation, Man, Man's purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God. (Summary adapted from the Wikipedia)

This is part one of six parts of the Pars Prima, consisting of the Initial Questions. (12 hr 44 min)


01 - Prolog and The Nature and Extent of Sacred Doctrine 45:47 Read by Jim Ruddy
02 -The Existence of God 21:22 Read by Jim Ruddy
03 - On the Simplicity of God 37:51 Read by Jim Ruddy
04 - The Perfection of God 15:06 Read by Jim Ruddy
05 - Of Goodness in General 29:37 Read by Jim Ruddy
06 - The Goodness of God 15:30 Read by Jim Ruddy
07 - The Infinity of God 20:54 Read by Jim Ruddy
08 - The Existence of God in Things 22:37 Read by Jim Ruddy
09 - The Immutability of God 11:57 Read by Jim Ruddy
10 - The Eternity of God 17:44 Read by Jim Ruddy
11- The Unity of God 18:42 Read by Jim Ruddy
12 - How God is Known by Us 1:02:10 Read by Jim Ruddy
13 - The Names of God 35:49 Read by Jim Ruddy
14 - The Knowledge of God, part 1 40:34 Read by Jim Ruddy
14 - The Knowledge of God, part 2 42:08 Read by Jim Ruddy
15 - Of Ideas 16:19 Read by Jim Ruddy
16 - Of Truth 36:38 Read by Jim Ruddy
17 - Concerning Falsity 20:11 Read by Jim Ruddy
18 - The Life of God 23:39 Read by Jim Ruddy
19 - The Will of God 1:00:51 Read by Jim Ruddy
20 - God's Love 23:48 Read by Jim Ruddy
21 - The Justice and Mercy of God 18:29 Read by Jim Ruddy
22 - The Providence of God 23:56 Read by Jim Ruddy
23 - Of Predestination 45:23 Read by Jim Ruddy
24 - The Book of Life 12:08 Read by Jim Ruddy
25 - The Power of God 34:49 Read by Jim Ruddy
26 - Of the Divine Beatitude 10:38 Read by Jim Ruddy


great reader

(5 stars)

the snobby voices he does for the objections cracks me up!!!


(5 stars)

The reader does a wonderful job. Very easy to follow. He uses different voices for the Objections and Contrary sections, that help you to know Aquinas' thoughts. Pleasant voice. And, it goes without saying, that Thomas Aquinas is a joy to listen to. Thanks for the wonderful audio recording!

Tough Book

(5 stars)

I like how the voice changes and seems to indicate a heretic is raising the objections. Sometimes I think Thomas Aquinas is crazy though.


(5 stars)

well read,a bit theatrical though, but it's not a small challenge to read Thomas Aquinas

A most unfortunate decision

(2 stars)

The reader alternates between doing a very good job to do an extremely bad (and annoying) one. When he reads the answers, he does a fine job. But he reads the questions as if it is being asked by someone incredibly stupid. Indeed when I first heard it, I caught only the questions part and thought it was a blasphemer mocking Aquinas. I wondered why anyone would spend all that time and effort to do that. I suppose the reason the reader does this is because he wants to stack the deck, that is to say someone who isn't a believer is profoundly stupid. It doesn't work, AT ALL. Aquinas wrote a work that is intended to be a serious document. It's ruined by this very bad decision on the reader's part. I find it unlistenable for that reason. If only he had read the entire work with the same gravitous. :(