St. Anselm's prayers and meditations are to be read slowly, during times of peace. These devotions are intended to stir up within the reader the feelings of love and fear of God. When given honest... More > consideration, they become a tool for self-examination. His prayers praise God for His glory and thank the Holy Spirit for His blessing, but they also ask for the strength to love and forgive our enemies during times of weakness. St. Anselm was known for his wisdom, and his commitment as a spiritual guide is evident in the five letters of spiritual counsel included in this volume. These letters contain some of St. Anselm's advice on life after death, religious conversion, sacred pilgrimage, and godly influence. This volume of St. Anselm's devotions also includes his Proslogion, a treatise concerning the existence of God in which he presents the Ontological argument. When broken into small segments, the Proslogion can be used for meditative purposes as well. -Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer< Less
Discusses "what do to when you decide there is no God", and how American culture interacts with religion and atheism. Proposes alternative sources of both morality and "faith"... More > for atheists.< Less
Atheists have created some myths – about themselves, about Christians, about society – to deal in part with questions that arise as implications of the “There is no God”... More > decision. But are those myths true? This book examines those issues. It also suggests questions atheists need to be addressing once they get past the “so now what?” stage:
Do I really have the freedom of choice to make my personal decisions? If God doesn’t constrain our choices, what does?
What are our morals and values, and where do they come from? What really is sacred? Why?
Would Moses, Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha look at the religions and say, “Yup, that’s what I intended all along. Good job!” How did we end up as this dysfunctional based on what appear to be some fundamentally good ideas? What can that tell us about our situation now?
Finally, if we are not to have faith in God, is faith itself closed to us? If not, what, exactly does that mean, and how can we use faith properly?< Less
In this compilation of St. Anselm's most important works, St. Anselm uses reason and philosophical argument to defend the Christian faith against non-believers. St. Anselm stresses the importance of... More > our rational nature as humans, encouraging Christians that they should be "always ready to convince anyone who demands of them a reason of that hope which is in us." In his Proslogium, Anselm presents the Ontological Argument, an argument for the existence of God in which God is defined as "a being than which none greater can be conceived." In Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon, St. Anselm discusses a counterargument offered by his contemporary, Gaunilon, a Benedictine monk who questioned St. Anselm's definition of God. Monologium considers the attributes of God, while Cur Deus Homo ("Why God Became Man") addresses difficult questions about the Incarnation. This collection is a fine example of the intertwining of medieval philosophy and Christian apologetics. -Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer< Less
A thought provoking book on the deepest questions which have plagued mankind for time and eternity. Is there a God? Why did he have to die? How are we restored by his death? Anselm tackles these... More > tough questions in his thought provocative book “Cur Deus Homo.” Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033 - 1109) was an Italian medieval philosopher and theologian, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of Scholasticism, he is famous as the inventor of the ontological argument for the existence of God and as the Archbishop who openly opposed the Crusades. (Wikipedia)< Less