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The One-Minute Aquinas

If you don’t have a year to study the more than 3,000 pages St. Thomas wrote, then turn to The One-Minute Aquinas, the fast-paced book that provides busy readers with simple, readable explanations of the truths that, for 750 years now, have caused the works of St. Thomas to be sought out by kings and popes, scholars and saints, as well as by ordinary souls like you — hungry to know God and to love him more and more.

In this book’s lucid pages, author Kevin Vost gives you small, digestible portions of St. Thomas’s life-giving wisdom that you can enjoy one minute at a time. Tables and graphics will help you grasp and remember St. Thomas’s key ideas with a minimum of time and effort.

Best of all, in The One-Minute Aquinas you’ll find quick, sure refutations of the countless relativistic, secular, and pseudoscientific ideas that are so influential in our culture today — and so shallow, contradictory, and wrong!

Pope John Paul II declared that “the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St. Thomas as a master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology.” Now The One-Minute Aquinas enables even those with limited time and only a modest education to benefit from the wisdom of this great saint.

Here, with minimal effort and among scores of other things, you’ll finally come to know and understand:

Why God permits evil
  • Heaven: what it is (and is not)
  • Five simple proofs that God exists
  • Why God became man
  • Why Jesus let himself be tempted
  • How you can grow quickly in virtue
  • Why all souls need the sacraments
  • Why Jesus let himself be crucified
  • The causes of lust
  • The natural law and the Commandments
  • The soul, free will, sin, and damnation
  • The angels, their ranks, and their powers
  • How God governs (and refrains from governing)
  • God’s power and its limits
  • The Bible: why didn’t Jesus just write it himself?
  • The surprising qualities of our resurrected bodies

  • "Most modern readers never discover Aquinas because they are put off by the sheer bulk of his writings. Kevin Vost has done such readers a favor by serving up the sain't arguments in bite-sized chunks that anyone can digest."
    Karl Keating
    President of Catholic Answers

    "It takes the reader by the hand, step by step, from confusion to clarity, from chaos to order, and from our simplest beginning, our search for happiness, to our final end, eternal union with God. You don't need a philosophy degree or an I.Q. of 165 to profit from this book. You need only an open mind and an honest, searching heart."
    Peter Kreeft
    Author of Summa of the Summa and Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

    "For clarity choose Aquinas. For clarity on Aquinas choose Kevin Vost. Ideal for anyone who wants to cut through the silly sentimentality of modern religion and work up a brain sweat with some sound and serious thinking."
    Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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