An Infinite Multiplication of Happiness

If the Lord in his kindness were ever to grant me the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in theology, the dissertation I would like to pursue (at least these days) would be something like: “An Infinite Multiplication of Happiness: Chapters 24-25 as the Heart and Climax of Anselm’s Proslogion.” Anselm’s Proslogion is my favorite theological book. Unfortunately, its often neglected among conservative Protestants, perhaps because it is medieval and somewhat philosophical. When people do discuss Proslogion, the influence of chapters 2-4 and the so-called “Ontological Argument” contained therein usually completely dominate the discussion. I have become convinced that Anselm was…

Anselm and the necessity of God

When I was in college, I did some studies on St. Anselm (handsome fella wasn’t he?), particularly his book Proslogion, where he develops the so-called Ontological Argument for God’s existence. Its very difficult for me to state how much this little book has meant to me – all I can say is that it taught me the intense pleasure in thinking about God. Anselm showed me that God is not only actually beautiful as a person, He is also intellectually beautiful as an idea. It was Anselm’s Proslogion that also helped me begin to see God as the answer to…