Anselm of Canterbury


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Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033 – 21 April 1109), also called of Aosta for his birthplace, and of Bec for his home monastery, was a Benedictine monk, a philosopher, and a prelate of the Church who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he has been a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontological ... more »

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  • ''But a problem occurs about nothing. For that from which something is made is a cause of the thing made from it; and, necessarily, every cause contributes some assistance to the effect's existence.''
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Monologion, ch. 8 (c. 1070).
  • ''Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.''
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 7 (c. 1077-1078). Anselm begs God for mercy.
  • ''For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.''
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 1 (c. 1077-1078).
  • ''Thus you are just not because you give what is owed, but because you do what is appropriate to you as the highest good.''
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 10 (c. 1077-1078).
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