My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a great collection of Anselm’s major works and includes his treatments of some of the more controversial and/or original of his ideas, such as penal substitutionary atonement, the filioque, and the ontological argument. In these as well as in his focus on the use of reason in demonstrating the objects of faith and his attempts to see just how far this reason can take one down the road toward the contents of the Christian Faith, Anselm’s works are remarkable early demonstrations of what would become the distinctive features of Western Christianity.
In reading Anselm, one can, even if one disagrees with him, see clearly that he was a man of devoted piety blessed with a magnificent intellect. While he is always well-intentioned and humble and his arguments are always well-reasoned, I found myself again and again wondering where the limit might be for him. Anselm had a penetrating mind that I believe sometimes relied too much on reason and not enough on accepting the mysteries of faith.