Book Analysis of 'Anselm'

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1. "For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand." - Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion 1 When Anselm stated that he believes in order to understand, he was not advocating a "leap of faith" or blind faith so much as he was emphasizing how the mystery of life/God is not understandable without possessing the quality of "faith," which comes from God. Therefore, to "see into" the reality of life more deeply and more fully, one must first "see into" God. This is why Anselm states that "without God it is ill with us." Moreover, one cannot take a "leap of faith" without first being given faith by God therefore, faith is not as "blind" as it might be supposed. One asks for faith because one intimates the existence of God and desires more firmly to believe: faith is a virtue, a gift from God. As Anselm states: "Man cannot seek God, unless God himself teaches him; nor find him, unless he reveals himself." In other words, one should not expect to be able to "grasp" or "approach" the essence of God without first acquiring God's help. This is not to suggest that one's reason is not at all employed in the pursuit of acknowledging the existence of God. After all, it is the fool who says in his heart that there is no God. Consequently, the man of reason says that God does exist. Reason supports faith. Or, as has been commonly expressed, Faith rests upon Reason. However, since God is a spirit and in fact the Creator of man, whose faculty of
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