Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works by St. Anselm, Brian Davies, G. R. Evans

By St. Anselm, Brian Davies, G. R. Evans

Even if completely confident of the reality of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make experience of his faith. He thought of the doctrines of religion a call for participation to query, to imagine, and to profit; and he committed his lifestyles to confronting and realizing the main elusive facets of Christianity. His writings on concerns reminiscent of unfastened will, the character of fact, and the life of God make Anselm one of many maximum theologians and philosophers in background, and this translation presents readers with their first chance to learn his most crucial works inside a unmarried quantity.

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Now there is no doubt that everything that the supreme essence made, it made either out of some matter, or out of nothing. But it is clearly, and most certainly, the case, first that the essence of everything that exists, apart from the supreme essence, is made by that supreme essence, and secondly, that it is made out of no material. It is therefore utterly evident, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the supreme essence alone and through itself produced so much and so many things of such beauty—things so varied, yet ordered, so different, yet concordant—and produced them out of nothing.

Yet both together are not more than one Just what there are two of, cannot be said, even though there must be two of them The Word derives from the supreme spirit by being born The supreme spirit is truest parent, and the Word truest child Monologion 9 41. The supreme spirit most truly begets, and the Word most truly is begotten 42. The supreme spirit is truest begetter and Father, and the Word truest begotten and Son 43. What is common to both, and proper to each—a reconsideration 44. How one is the essence of the other 45.

How it might seem that many sons are begotten 63. How in the supreme spirit there is only one Word for one thing said 64. Although this is inexplicable, one ought to believe it 65. How we came to a true conclusion about something ineffable 66. One comes closest to knowledge of the supreme essence through the rational mind 67. The mind itself is the image and mirror of the supreme being 68. Rational creation was made to love the supreme essence 69. The soul that loves the supreme essence always will at some point live the truly happy life 70.

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