The Prayers and Meditations of St Anselm with the


The Prayers and Meditations of St Anselm with the Proslogion Anselm of Aosta wrote the majority of his Prayers and Meditations between 1070 and 1080 and created a tradition of intimate intensely personal prayer that drastically altered the Christian attitude to private devotion Anselm's ardor literary brilliance and scrupulous theology have secured him admiration And as Archbishop of Canterbury his tussle with the early Norman kings earned him a place in secular history as well

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Prayers and Meditations of St Anselm with the Proslogion
  • Anselm of Canterbury
  • English
  • 05 September 2016
  • 9780140442786

About the Author: Anselm of Canterbury

Saint Anselm of Canterbury c 1033 1109 also called Anselm of Aosta after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec after his monastery was a Benedictine monk philosopher and 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 ontologica



9 thoughts on “The Prayers and Meditations of St Anselm with the Proslogion

  1. says:

    I'm not sure how to process all the prayers to saints deep devotion but screams idolatry to my Protestant scruples but a wonderful example of true theology which should lead to prayer and meditation Ironic or is it? that the theologian who gave us the doctrine of the substitutionay atonement should have prayed so fervently to Mary and John the Baptist? Thanks God that he uses confused people like us to figure out the truth over long periods of time Should make us humble about what we think we know so clearly

  2. says:

    fervent but tender for the patiently serious

  3. says:

    Even though I was brought up Protestant Anselm's writing is just pure His heart is humble his theology is bullet proof and his writing skill is impressive I pick this book up at least twice a year

  4. says:

    Thanks very very much Anselm

  5. says:

    My thoughts on St Anselm's book are mostly negative but I will admit these feelings are based on a first impression of reading the text St Anselm appears to be hiding a rather weak argument for the existence of God in a rather tortuous scholastic maze The text is filled with an abundant supply of tautologies that for the vast majority of the time spent reading the text St Anselm is saying very littleSt Anselm does not have the same understanding of the grace and of the mysteries given by God which is fundamentally understood by St Augustine throughout his Confessions St Anselm would not make such a point if he fully had vested belief in Christ’s words “3 and said “Amen I say to you unless you turn and become like children you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”It appears that St Anselm is really driving home the fact in the early parts of the Proslogion that the existence of God our exile and our hunger from him all hinge on the importance of the Creation story St Anselm writes “He lost the happiness for which he was made and found an unhappiness for which he was not madeMan then ate the bread of angels for which he now hungers; and now he eats the bread of sorrowswhile alas remaining empty” St Anselm asks “Why did God take away?” St Athanasius answers “Mankind rejected God”In Chapter 3 7 of the Proslogion one discovers St Anselm’s argument for the existence of God after one wades through the tremendous amount of tautology to arrive at the argument The basic argument is that “O Lord my God You exist so truly that You cannot even be thought not to existFor if any mind could think of something better than You the creature would rise above the Creator and would sit in judgment over the Creator—something which is utterly absurd”Frankly I find Blaise Pascale’s argument of “wager” convincing Anselm’s argument is already laid on the foundation that a deity does exist and that ontologically speaking if one were to argue that something is greater than God that something would be God—and there goes the strawman Perhaps I feel this way because I know St Thomas Auinas’ argument for the existence of God which St Anselm did not have the pleasure to read Fundamentally one cannot assert the existence of God without proving that God existing is self evident based on the cosmological argument rather than asserting a mere metaphysical acknowledgment that is ontologically speaking that God already exists and that there can be nothing greaterI do enjoy St Anselm’s examination on the topic of God being both merciful and impassible than his examination of the existence of God I do believe his ontological argument works better when attempting to understand an infinitely omniscient and all powerful being In chapter eight St Anselm really just poses the uestion “How can he be both merciful and impassible?” It’s interesting that I find St Anselm’s response very simple yet complex to ponder St Anselm answers this uestion by stating “ You are merciful according to our experience but are not merciful according to your experience”

  6. says:

    An important Saint in the Western Church but certainly dated in outlook Who today prays to St Peter to keep the gate key turned on open for my soul to pass through? And who today would ascribe a certain lethargy at times as sin rather than simply occasional laziness or enjoyment of leisure? This is one serious fellow

  7. says:

    This book is a bit hard to review because it is very dense philosophy and the style is akin to Plato than to modern Christian apologetics However the book was a very moving meditation on God's being and the universe which I would recommend reading carefully

  8. says:

    starting with the De Libertate Arbitrii and making my way through

  9. says:

    Glorious not to mention awful

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