Saint Anselm, A Strong Believer On The Existence And Essence Of God

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Three in One Saint Anselm, a strong believer in using the art of rational thought to prove the existence and essence of God, in his works, Proslogium, Monologium, and Cur Deus Homo, discusses the complexity of the Trinity. He ponders many questions like “What is the role of each member of the trinity?” or “How can three separate beings, each with distinctive characteristics, be united as one and share the same essence?” These are all very good questions and would be best put to thought, in the hope of strengthening a Christian’s faith. But the real question is, are rationality and numbered proofs enough to achieve salvation or is something else needed to gain entrance to the kingdom of heaven? The concept of a supreme being who consists…show more content…
One needs to believe and trust in all members of the Trinity or they are missing out on God entirely. God in His sovereign knowledge instilled this basic principal all throughout His Word. For example, He spoke of His desire for the church in 2 Corinthians when Paul said, “For the body does not consist of one part, but of many…God has arranged the parts, every one of them, in the body according to His plan. Now if all of it were one part, there wouldn’t be a body, would there? So there are many parts but one body.” Just like His body of believers, God has many parts with their different functions and attributes, but are one “body” or in this case, one perfect God. If God was just the attribute of Justice, where would be the God of Grace, the one who sent His Son to die on the cross for undeserving sinners? If God was only forgiving and gracious, wouldn’t everyone go to heaven? God mirrors His nature of multiple qualities within one being in His beloved creations, the church. Anselm goes on to conclude that the best example of the nature of the Trinity given to us is the example and attributes of the human mind. In his work, Monologium, he attributes each member of the Trinity with a certain characteristic of the mind. He declares, “We mean by

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