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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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The Reason of Faith

The Reason of Faith

(p.13) 1 The Reason of Faith

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Anselm's approach to what he calls “the reason of faith”. He regards the doctrines of the Christian faith as intrinsically rational because they concern the nature and activity of God, who is supreme reason and exemplifies supreme wisdom in everything he does. Because human beings are rational by nature, people can grasp the reason of faith. Anselm's main discussions of the reason of faith are found in the Monologion and Proslogion, the letter On the Incarnation of the Word, and Cur Deus Homo.

Keywords:   ratio fidei, supreme reason, Monologion, Proslogion, Cur Deus Homo, Incarnation of the Word

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