Anselm is a major figure in theological, philosophical and historical studies. This book provides a fresh approach to the study of this great figure; one which provides critical interaction with current critical thinking whilst arguing in favour of the idea of theological unity in Anselm's corpus. Exploring the Proslogion, but also more 'minor' works, David Hogg interacts with the theological content of Anselm's writings: showing how Anselm's ontological argument fits into the wider context of his theology; comparing the holistic approach of Anselm's thought with that of other medieval personages and fitting him into the wider medieval context; and revealing how Anselm's theology integrates the atonement and questions of predestination, the fall of the Devil and free will, and other issues. The book concludes with an assessment of the impact of Anselm's theology during his own time, and the continuing effect his thinking has had on succeeding centuries of theological development.
'This most learned and vigorous book is not for light reading, but repays the effort of absorbing it. Dr Hogg's argument is that, in all of Anselm's writings, which he examines in turn, the beauty of God is a major theme… an exceptional study.' Sacramental Life 'David S. Hogg's Anselm of Canterbury: The Beauty of Theology is a book of which Anselm himself might have approved. Its emphasis on a creature's perpetual dialogue with the creator is precisely the sort of approach Anselm favoured… [This] aptly titled volume is distinguished by the breadth of its vision as well as the acuity of its insight.' Heythrop Journal ’The book offers a new insight into Anselm’s thinking, and is a valuable and important contribution to the studies of medieval theologians. It is therefore recommended for theologians, students and ordinary Christians interested in medieval studies.’ Verbum and Ecclesia
Contents: Preface; Introduction; The beatific vision: the ecstasy of thought and prayer; words: neither void nor vain; Justifying the ways of God to men; In dialogue with the divine; 'Nailed to the racking cross… So did I win a kingdom'; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.