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Obedience Simple And True: Anselm Of Canterbury On How To Defeat The Devil

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Succinctly, Giles Gasper has remarked that [i]ntegrated and consistent thought are hallmarks of Saint Anselm of Canterburys working habits. This consistency in grammar, logic, and also rhetoric is evident to every reader of his writings such as the Tres tractatus, the Cur deus homo or the Monologion, and perhaps in particular of his Proslogion. This chapter first examines the Anselms insistence on the spontaneity of true obedience and secondly his idea of obedience as the best defense against the onslaughts of the devil. Most discussions of Anselms thought are based upon his treatises, but the present article especially in its second section will give an important place to the letters. True obedience is particularly, the attribute and attitude of Christ who chooses to become a sacrifice out of pure love for the Father and for the rational beingshumankindwho have fallen from grace through the machination of the devil and themselves.

Keywords: Giles Gasper; Saint Anselm of Canterbury; true obedience



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