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Term

SUMMA CONTRA GENTILES

Definition

The great apologetical work of St. Thomas Aquinas, written from 1258 to 1261. Its purpose is to convince the unbeliever of the inherent reasonableness of the Christian faith. First are set forth those truths than can be discovered by reason alone, then higher truths, beginning with morality, and finally the great mysteries, which though not provable by reason are shown to be consistent with reason and remarkably intelligible.