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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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Creation and the Word

Creation and the Word

(p.123) 8 Creation and the Word

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Anselm's development of a claim that God created all things other than himself from nothing. Anselm speaks of this act of creation as involving an “utterance” (locutio) or Word by which God made all things. Though Anselm first introduces the Word in the Monologion to account for God's understanding of creatures, he develops his doctrine of the Word in such a way that it becomes the first element of his theory of the Trinity.

Keywords:   theory of the Trinity, God's utterance, locution, Word, divine utterance, Monologion

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