Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works

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Trade Paperback, 513 pages
Oxford University Press, 2008
Oxford World's Classics Reissue, First Printing

'For I do not see to understand so that I may believe; but I believe so that I may understand.  For I believe this also, that "unless I believe, I shall not understand".' —St. Anselm

Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works from Oxford World's Classics is a collection of writings by the medieval theologian and philosopher Anselm of Canterbury. This Oxford edition includes Anselm's most influential works, such as Proslogion, Monologion, and Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man). Anselm's writings explore profound theological questions, including the existence of God, the nature of faith, and the significance of Christ's atonement. His works are characterized by rigorous philosophical inquiry and a deep commitment to the Christian faith, making them essential reading for scholars of medieval theology and philosophy.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Brian Davies and Gillian Evans

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Saint Anselm, born in Aosta, Italy, in 1033, was a prominent medieval philosopher and theologian known for his contributions to scholasticism. Renowned for his ontological argument for the existence of God presented in Proslogion, Anselm also authored Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man), exploring the theological significance of Christ's incarnation. Serving as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 until his death in 1109, Anselm played a crucial role in ecclesiastical affairs while leaving a lasting impact on Western theology and philosophy.