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

ISBN-10: 0192825259

ISBN-13: 9780192825254

Even supposing totally confident of the reality of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make feel of his faith. He thought of the doctrines of religion a call for participation to question, to imagine, and to benefit; and he committed his lifestyles to confronting and knowing the main elusive points of Christianity. His writings on issues reminiscent of loose will, the character of fact, and the life of God make Anselm one of many maximum theologians and philosophers in background, and this translation offers readers with their first chance to learn his most crucial works inside a unmarried quantity.

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They specified (on the basis more of their wishes than of the task’s feasibility or my capacity) the following form for this written meditation: nothing whatsoever to be argued on the basis of the authority of Scripture, but the constraints of reason concisely to prove, and the clarity of truth clearly to show, in the plain style, with everyday arguments, and down-to-earth dialectic, the conclusions of distinct investigations. They also wanted me not to disdain to meet the down-to-earth, or even downright silly, objections that I would come up against.

I am not, I repeat, calling this into question. What I am after is this: this thing that I called the matter of the concrete universe, where does this come from? If it comes from some other matter, then this other matter is more truly the matter of the corporeal universe. If, therefore, the totality of things visible and invisible is out of some material, it can only be (indeed it can only be said to be) out of either the supreme nature, or out of itself, or out of some third essence. But there just is no third essence.

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. Supreme essence requites its lover with itself 71. Eternal unhappiness for the soul that rejects the supreme essence 72. Every human soul is immortal 73.

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