St. Anselm of Canterbury

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A Chapter in the History of Religion

By:J. M. Rigg
Pages:294
Publisher:Wipf and Stock
Dimensions:127mm x 203mm
ISBN:9781592446674

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Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), often called the Father of Scholasticism, was born at Aosta in Alpine Italy and educated in Normandy. Anselm became prior (1063), and then abbot (1078), of the Monastery of Bec-Hellouin in Normandy, France. In 1093, he was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
As a theologian, he is known above all for his three works: the ‘Monologion’, the ‘Proslogion’, and the ‘Cur Deus Homo’. Anselm propounded a satisfaction theory of the atonement, a theory in which the incarnation promises relief from the strict demands of divine justice. He defended a notion of the relation between philosophy and theology that, like Augustine’s, emphasized the methodological priority of faith over reason, since truth is to be found only through ‘fides quaerens intellectum’ (faith seeking understanding). As a philosopher, Anselm is most known for his attempts to prove the existence of God. He proposed the famous Ontological Argument in which God is understood as ‘aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest’ (that than which nothing greater can be conceived).

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Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Pages

294

By

J. M. Rigg

Publisher

Wipf and Stock

Dimensions

127mm x 203mm

ISBN

9781592446674