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Davies, Brian 1951-

Works: 92 works in 470 publications in 2 languages and 22,279 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Controversial literature  Sermons  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, win
Classifications: BX1749, 230.2
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Most widely held works by Brian Davies
The thought of Thomas Aquinas by Brian Davies( )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 2,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest western philosophers as well as theologians of the Christian Church, are not only illuminating (for his questions as much as his answers) but surprisingly relevant to our concerns today. This book represents a long overdue modern comprehensive presentation of the total thought of Aquinas. While traditional studies of Aquinas invariably deal with either his philosophy or his theology, Davies introduces the full range of Aquinas's thinking, relating it to writers earlier and later than Aquinas himself. The book will be of considerable interest to professional theologians and philosophers, as well as to those with particular interest in medieval thinking. It is designed to be accessible to the general reader who has no specialist knowledge of medieval thought or professional training in philosophy or theology
St. Thomas Aquinas on evil by Thomas( )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The De Malo represents some of Aquinas' most mature thinking on goodness, badness, and human agency. In it he examines the full range of questions associated with evil: its origin, its nature, its relation to good, and its compatibility with the existence of an omnipotent, benevolent God. This edition offers Richard Regan's new, clear readable English translation, based on the Leonine Commission's authoritative edition of the Latin text. Brian Davies has provided an extensive introduction and notes. (Please note: this edition does not include the Latin text)
The major works by Anselm( )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although utterly convinced of the truth of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make sense of his religion. He considered the doctrines of faith an invitation to question, to think, and to learn; and he devoted his life to confronting and understanding the most elusive aspects of Christianity. His writings on matters such as free will, the nature of truth, and the existence of God make Anselm one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in history, and this translation provides readers with their first opportunity to read his most important works within a single volume
The reality of God and the problem of evil by Brian Davies( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An important new book on how we can still believe in a God of love and confront the problem of evil in the world"--Publisher website (February 2007)
On Aquinas by Herbert McCabe( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On Aquinas is an account and evaluation of Aquinas's key philosophical teachings. It presents an introduction both to Aquinas and to philosophy in general."--Jacket
God and evil in the theology of St Thomas Aquinas by Herbert McCabe( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert McCabe tackles the problem of evil by focusing and commenting on what Aquinas said about it. What should we mean by words such as 'good', 'bad', 'being', 'cause', 'creation', and 'God'? These are McCabe's main questions. In seeking to answer them he demonstrates why it cannot be shown that evil disproves God's existence. He also explains how we can rightly think of evil in a world made by God." --Book Jacket
Thomas Aquinas : contemporary philosophical perspectives by Brian Davies( )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brian Davies offers a full-scale introduction to Aquinas's philosophy, collecting in one volume essays on Aquinas by some of the world's foremost scholars of medieval philosophy. Taken together, they illuminate the spectrum of Aquinas' thought
An introduction to the philosophy of religion by Brian Davies( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new, completely revised and updated edition places particular emphasis on matters which have recently become philosophically controversial. Brian Davies provides a critical examination of the fundamental questions of religion and the ways in which these questions have been treated by such thinkers as Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibnitz, Hume, Kant, Karl Barth, and Wittgenstein. Must a belief in God be based on argument or evidence in order to be a rational belief? Can one invoke the Free-Will Defense if one believes in God as maker and sustainer of the universe? Is it correct to think of God as a moral agent subject to duties and obligations? What is the significance of Darwin for the Argument from Design? How can one recognize God as an object of one's experience? The author debates these questions and more, sometimes proposing answers of his own, more often leaving readers to decide for themselves
God still matters by Herbert McCabe( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert McCabe, who died in 2001, was one of the most intelligent Roman Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. An influence on philosophers such as Anthony Kenny and Alasdair MacIntyre he was also befriended by poets and literary critics such as Seamus Heaney and Terry Eagleton. Equally at home in philosophy and theology, he despised jargon and intellectual posturing as a substitute for reason and argument. At the time of his death, he left a wealth of unpublished material- so outstanding in its quality and originality that it is surprising that it was never published in book form. This i
God, Christ and us by Herbert McCabe( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herbert McCabe was highly regarded as a philosopher and theologian. Yet he was also a brilliant preacher. He always preached in a lively and witty way - his style has been compared to that of G.K. Chesterton." "Here is a collection of his previously unpublished sermons and spiritual addresses. Never platitudinous or short of ideas, they are filled with questions, arguments, and solid intellectual content. The major influence on McCabe was the Bible, but he was also a devoted admirer of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose ideas saturated his public speaking. From the Bible, McCabe derived the notion of God leading us to happiness through the work of grace and through the life and teachings of Jesus. From Aquinas, McCabe derived a hatred of idolatry, a powerful sense of the incomprehensibility of God and a recognition that we depend on God's gracious revelation of himself rather than what we can work out on the basis of our limited understanding. A presiding theme in this book is that we are saved because of the life of Someone fully human."--Jacket
Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae : a guide and commentary by Brian Davies( )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following a scholarly account of Thomas Aquinas's life, Davies explores his purposes in writing the Summa Theologiae and works systematically through each of its three Parts. He also relates their contents and Aquinas's teachings to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical. The concluding chapter considers the impact Aquinas's best-known work has exerted since its first appearance, and why it is still studied today. Intended for students and general readers interested in medieval philosophy and theology, Davies's study is a solid and reflective introduction both to the Summa Theologiae and to Aquinas in general."--Back cover
Faith within reason by Herbert McCabe( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Educated in the Thomist tradition, McCabe struggled with the classical theism issues with brilliance and originality, and in this book of previously unpublished writings argues forcibly and convincingly that the Aquinas tradition is something for modern men and women
The Cambridge companion to Anselm( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Benedictine monk and the second Norman archbishop of Canterbury, is regarded as one of the most important philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages. The essays in this volume explore all of his major ideas both philosophical and theological, including his teachings on faith and reason, God's existence and nature, logic, freedom, truth, ethics, and key Christian doctrines. There is also discussion of his life, the sources of his thought, and his influence on other thinkers
The Oxford handbook of Aquinas( Book )

30 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes. The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. They focus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sections of the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments, resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence. Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it
Thomas Aquinas on God and evil by Brian Davies( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aquinas scholar Brian Davies here offers an in-depth study of the saint's thoughts on God and evil, revealing that Aquinas's thinking about God and evil can be traced through his metaphysical philosophy, his thoughts on God and creation, and his writings about Christian revelation and the doctrines of the Trinity
Philosophy of religion : a guide to the subject( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This authoritative and accessible book is an up-to-date, concise and comprehensive single-volume introduction to the philosophy of religion. It explains how philosophers of the past have thought about these basic questions, and it suggests how we might think about them today
Philosophy of religion : a guide and anthology by Brian Davies( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on Contributors General Introduction Advice on Further Reading Part I Philosophy And Religious Belief 1 Faith and Reason in Harmony Thomas Aquinas 2 The Ethics of Belief W.K. Clifford 3 The Presumption of Atheism Antony Flew 4 Religious Belief as 'Properly Basic' Alvin Plantinga 5 Evidence and Religious Belief Norman Kretzmann 6 Grammar and Religious Belief D.Z. Phillips 7 The Groundlessness of Religious Belief Norman Malcolm Part II The Problem Of God-Talk 8 How Believers Find God-Talk Puzzling Augustine of Hippo 9 God-Talk is Evidently Nonsense A.J. Ayer 10 God-Talk is Not Evidently Nonsense Richard Swinburne 11 'Death by a Thousand Qualifications' Antony Flew 12 One Way of Understanding God-Talk Thomas Aquinas Part III Arguments For God's Existence Cosmological Arguments 13 A Concise Cosmological Argument from the Eleventh Century, Anselm of Canterbury 14 A Thirteenth-Century Cosmological Argument Thomas Aquinas 15 A Fourteenth-Century Cosmological Argument John Duns Scotus 16 A Seventeenth-Century Cosmological Argument Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz 17 A Modern Cosmological Argument Herbert McCabe 18 Objections to Cosmological Arguments Paul Edwards 19 More Objections to Cosmological Arguments J.L. Mackie 20 Why is a Cause Always Necessary? David Hume 21 'Whatever Has a Beginning of Existence Must Have a Cause' G.E.M. Anscombe 22 Can There be an Endless Regress of Causes? James A. Sadowsky Design Arguments 23 Is the World Ruled by Providence? Thomas Aquinas 24 An Especially Famous Design Argument William Paley 25 We Cannot Know that the World is Designed by God A David Hume 26 The Limits of Design Arguments Immanuel Kant 27 God, Regularity, and David Hume R.G. Swinburne 28 Can Design Arguments be Defended Today? Robert Hambourger Ontological Arguments 29 Anselm Argues that God Cannot be Thought Not to Exist, Anselm of Canterbury 30 Gaunilo Argues that Anselm is Wrong, Gaunilo of Marmoutiers 31 Anselm Replies to Gaunilo, Anselm of Canterbury 32 Descartes Defends an Ontological Argument, Rene Descartes 33 Descartes Replies to Critics, Pierre Gassendi, Johannes Caterus, Rene Descartes 34 A Classic Repudiation of Ontological Arguments Immanuel Kant 35 A Contemporary Defense of Ontological Arguments Alvin Plantinga God and Human Experience 36 Why 'Knowing God by Experience' is a Notion Open to Question C.B. Martin 37 Can We Know God by Experience?, Peter Donovan 38 Why Should There Not Be Experience of God? William P. Alston Part IV What Is God? Omnipotent 39 A Modern Discussion of Divine Omnipotence Thomas V. Morris 40 Why Think of God as Omnipotent? Thomas Aquinas 41 Miracles and Laws of Nature Richard Swinburne 42 Why We Should Disbelieve in Miracles David Hume Knowing 43 Why Ascribe Knowledge to God? Thomas Aquinas 44 Omniscience and Human Freedom: a Classic Discussion Boethius 45 Problems for the Notion of Divine Omniscience Nelson Pike Eternal 46 Why Call God 'Eternal'? Thomas Aquinas 47 God is 'Everlasting', not 'Eternal' Nicholas Wolterstorff 48 A Modern Defence of Divine Eternity Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann 49 A Different Modern Defense of Divine Eternity Paul Helm
Aquinas by Brian Davies( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) is widely viewed as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. Aquinas was the ultimate combination of theologian and philosopher, and his influence on Christian life and thought reaches from the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council and through to today."--BOOK JACKET
Nature and grace : selections from the Summa theologica of Thomas Aquinas by Thomas( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Aquinas (1224/5-1274) was one of the greatest of the medieval philosophers. His Summa Theologiae is his most important contribution to Christian theology and one of the main sources for his philosophy. This volume offers most of the Summa's first twenty-six questions, on the existence and nature of God, in a new version of the 1960 Blackfriars translation extensively revised by Brian Davies. It also includes an introduction by Brian Leftow which looks at the questions in their philosophical and historical context. The result is an accessible and up-to-date edition of Aquinas' thought in this area, which has continuing relevance for both the philosophy of religion and Christian theology."--Jacket
Thomas Aquinas's Summa contra gentiles : a guide and commentary by Brian Davies( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Summa Contra Gentiles (SCG), one of Aquinas's best-known works after the Summa Theologiea, is a philosophical and theological synthesis that examines what can be known of God both by reason and by divine revelation. A detailed expository account of and commentary on this famous work, Davies's book aims to help readers think about the value of the Summa Contra Gentiles for themselves, relating the contents and teachings found in the SCG to those of other works and other thinkers both theological and philosophical. Following a scholarly account of Aquinas's life and his likely intentions in writing the SCG, the volume works systematically through all four books of the text. Presupposing no previous knowledge of Aquinas or of his works, Davies offers the most detailed account and discussion of the SCG available in English in one volume
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The thought of Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas on evilThe major worksThe reality of God and the problem of evilOn AquinasGod and evil in the theology of St Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas : contemporary philosophical perspectivesAn introduction to the philosophy of religionGod still matters
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