Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P.
O’Meara considers Aquinas the theologian and his influence, past and present. O’Meara focuses on Aquinas as teacher and preacher, and theology as the subject of his thought and most of his writings. Studying the Summa Theologiae as well as providing an overview of six centures of interpretation, O’Meara shows how few have understood the structure and intent of Aquinas’ theology.
“Thomas O’Meara’s book represents a minor event in the United States publishing world. While philosophical thought inspired by Thomism is very much alive there (the heritage of Gilson and Maritain), one cannot say quite as much for the theological thinking that only recently freed itself from the stranglehold of neo-thomism. There certainly exist good theological studies on precise aspects, but until now one has looked there in vain for an overall presentation of the theological thought of Thomas. This is precisely the advantage of O’Meara’s book, which to do this relies almost exclusively on the Summa theologiae. Very aware of current work in the area, it does so in a critically informed way, keeping equal distance from both smugness and deprecation.” — Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P.
“O’Meara’s volume is a fine introduction to Aquinas as a theologian, both in his immediate medieval context and in the later contexts of the medieval scholastic tradition and the Thomism of more recent centuries. . . . Very useful to the modern reader is O’Meara’s presentation of the several schools of interpretation of Thomas in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” — Calvin Theological Journal
“[Thomas O’Meara] sanguinely includes in a single volume a brief biography of Thomas, an overview of the structure and themes of the Summa Theologiae, and a survey of nearly seven centuries of Thomisms. . . . O’Meara’s love of his subject is patent and will no doubt entice his more curious readers to discover for themselves the tremendous challenge of, as one twentieth-century Thomist has put it, ‘reaching up to the mind of Aquinas.’ ” — Theology Today
“Father O’Meara has been studying St. Thomas’ life and works for many years. His guide to Thomas’ theology, his world, and his influence traces the life and career of St. Thomas, including the context of his chief works; describes the background and internal structure of his Summa Theologiae; elucidates the main themes of his theology; and summarizes the history of his influence—including his chief interpreters, the Thomistic schools—and the new interest in his work today.” — Theology Digest
“Thomas O’Meara, a Dominican and professor of theology at Notre Dame, and a well-qualified scholar of St. Thomas Aquinas, provides an insightful study of the Summa Theologica, its context and content . . . essential for one who wants to get an insight into one of the basic works of St. Thomas.” — Missiology