A Prayer for Joy (Anselm)

As many of our readers know, the first Q/A of the Shorter Catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Speaking of this theme of joy, here's wonderful prayer from the great medieval theologian, Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1109): I pray, O God, to know you, to… Continue reading A Prayer for Joy (Anselm)

Faith Seeking Understanding (Anselm)

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed Bengt Hagglund’s History of Theology.  Here’s a section from chapter 17, specifically on Anselm. “Anselm, like Augustine before him, represented that position with respect to faith and reason which was customarily characterized by the expression, ‘I believe in order that I may understand’ (credo ut intelligam).  Basing their opinion on… Continue reading Faith Seeking Understanding (Anselm)

The Simplicity of God

  The Bible teaches that our triune God is simple.  This means he does not have parts; he is perfectly one and completely free of composition.  Anselm (d. 1109) mused on this quite well in Proslogion. “What are you, Lord, what are You; what shall my heart understand You to be?  You are, assuredly, life,… Continue reading The Simplicity of God

Anselm: Faith and Reason

  (This is a repost from November 2009) Over the years, I've enjoyed Bengt Hagglund's History of Theology.  Here's a section from chapter 17 where Hagglund talks about Anselm (d. 1109). "Anselm, like Augustine before him, represented that position with respect to faith and reason which was customarily characterized by the expression, 'I believe in… Continue reading Anselm: Faith and Reason

That Your Joy May Be Complete (Anselm)

Here's a great prayer from Anselm in his Proslogion, which he wrote in 1077-1078. "I pray, O God, that I may know You and love You, so that I may rejoice in You.  And if I cannot do so fully in this life may I progress gradually until it comes to fullness.  Let the knowledge… Continue reading That Your Joy May Be Complete (Anselm)