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𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the title “Father of Scholasticism” for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason.
At 15, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery, but was refused acceptance because of his father’s opposition. Twelve years later, after careless disinterest in religion and years of worldly living, he finally fulfilled his desire to be a monk. He entered the monastery of Bec in Normandy, was elected prior three years later, and 15 years later, was unanimously chosen abbot.
Considered an original and independent thinker, Anselm was admired for his patience, gentleness, and teaching skill. Under his leadership, the Abbey of Bec became a monastic school, influential in philosophical and theological studies.
During these years, at the community’s request, Anselm began publishing his theological works, comparable to those of Saint Augustine. His best-known work is the book Cur Deus Homo (“Why God Became Man”).
𝘖 𝘮𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘦, 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘐 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘚𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘐 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦. 𝘛𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦. 𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦, 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘠𝘰𝘶, 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘯