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By Anselm, Thomas Williams

Starting from his early treatises, the Monologion (a paintings written to teach his priests how you can meditate at the divine essence) and the Proslogion (best recognized for its development of the so-called ontological argument for the lifestyles of God), to his 3 philosophical dialogues on metaphysical themes equivalent to the connection among freedom and sin, and overdue treatises at the Incarnation and salvation, this selection of Anselm's crucial writings could be a boon to scholars of the historical past of philosophy and theology in addition to to somebody drawn to studying what Anselm calls "the cause of faith."

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Therefore, whatever is truly said of his essence is not understood as expressing what sort of thing or how great he is, but rather as expressing what he is. For whatever is a thing of a certain quality or quantity is something else with respect to what it is, and so it is not simple but composite. Chapter 18 That he exists without beginning and without end So from what time has this so simple nature, the Creator and Sustainer* of all things, existed? And until what time will he continue to exist?

From this it follows that there is some place and some time where and when nothing at all exists. But since that is false (after all, that place and that time are themselves something), the supreme nature cannot exist determinately somewhere or sometimes. And if it is said that through himself he exists determinately at a certain time and place, but through his power he exists wherever and whenever anything exists, that is not true. For since it is evident that his power is nothing other than himself, his power in no way exists apart from him.

8 Chapter 13 That, just as all things were made through the supreme essence, so also they remain in existence through him Therefore, it has been established that whatever is not the same as the supreme nature was made through him. Now only an irrational mind could doubt that all created things remain and continue in existence, as long as they do exist, because they are sustained by the very same being who made them from nothing so that they exist in the first place. For by an exactly similar argument to the one that shows that all existing things exist through some one thing, and so he alone exists through himself and all other things exist through another— by a similar argument, I say, it can be proved that everything that remains in existence does so through some one thing, and so he alone remains in existence through himself and all other things remain in existence through another.

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