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Author QuotedThomas Aquinas
Title QuotedSumma Theologiae
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/08/04
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QuotationThe short Prologue of St. Thomas to his Summa Theologiae is a very beautiful paragraph containing a whole discipline of study. His three points are that students (beginners, but it applies to all) are impeded from arriving at truth by: 1) the great number of useless questions, arguments and articles, 2) the lack of order in the way doctrine is presented, 3) repetition which produces confusion and boredom. The Dominicans and Cistercians had this at least in common"‚ÄĚthat they wanted to get rid of all non-essentials.
JournalEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 344
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