This course introduces the participant to the St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. A strong case can be made that St. Thomas Aquinas was the greatest theologian/philosopher who ever lived, and that his Summa Theologica is the best theological/philosophical work ever written. Certainly the Church, down though the ages, has considered Aquinas to be foremost among its Doctors. Aquinas was concerned not so much with what other philosophers had to say as with the truth of things, and his writings are characterized by their profound wisdom, common sense, and clarity. Nor has the passage of time dimmed their luster. Despite the fact that the Summa is a daunting work, it is possible, even in a brief course, to give an outline of it and to examine some of its fundamental parts. Hopefully the course may then inspire a further study of St. Thomas.
Thomas Lordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 with a B.A. major in Philosophy, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1974. He was a member of the Notre Dame London Center for Legal Studies in London, England during the 1972-1973 academic year. In 1996, he received an M.A. in Politics, with a concentration in political theory, from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and completed all but his dissertation for the Ph.D. degree. Thomas has been a practicing lawyer since 1974, and is licensed in Arizona, Ohio, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. His practice has been primarily in commercial law, both litigation and transactions.