Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small tractate giving a compend of a part of a science. The Summulæ Logicales of Petrus Hispanus. constituted the common medieval text-book of logic. It was writteu about the middle of the thirteenth century by the doctor who afterward became Pope John XXI. It is noticeable for the number of mnemonic verses it contains, and for its original development of the Parva Logicalia.
“The Brevis summula and Compilatio auctoritatum de sacramentis ecclesiae contain sections devoted to the defense of infant baptism.”
“The Brevis summula contra herrores notatos hereticorum, written around 1250, was one such compilation and was meant for use by Dominicans and others whose role it was to convert heretics. 22 The Summula proved to be a useful tool in the fight against Cathars who rejected the Church Fathers, the Old Testament, and sometimes every book of the New Testament except the Gospels.”
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