On the danger of falling into the opposite error to the one you are opposing (Thomas Aquinas)

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For the early doctors and saints were so intent upon refuting the emerging errors concerning the faith that they seemed meanwhile to fall into the opposite ones. For example, Augustine, speaking against the Manichaeans, who destroyed the freedom of the will, disputed in such terms that he seemed to have fallen into the heresy of Pelagius.

Thomas Aquinas, Super Evangelium S. Ioannis Lectura (1270-72), C.1.L7.n174.


Puritan Board Doctor
Interesting quote.

I've just started reading A Companion to the Summa by Walter Farrell; 4 volumes (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1938-1942), 1,882 total pages. In this set, Farrell explains the contents of the Summa Theologia in layman's language. I've just barely started Volume 1, but I think it's going to be terrific.

Farrell (1902-1951) was an American Jesuit scholar, educator, and author. There are more recent book-length explanations of the Summa, but they tend to be more technical in nature. Farrell will put the cookies on the bottom shelf, as J. Vernon McGee used to say.