From the July/August, 2016 issue of Touchstone
The Very Idea by T. L. Jernigan

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The Very Idea

T. L. Jernigan on Anselm's God & the Virtue of Existing 

"The more you love being, the more you will yearn for eternal life."—St. Augustine

One of the more notable works of the eleventh-century Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Anselm, is his attempt at a systematic and logical proof for the existence of God. While others have made such attempts before and after Anselm's work, his is unique, particularly in that—as a man ahead of his time—he tackled the Enlightenment-era desire to discern things "by silent reasoning in his own mind, inquir[ing] into things a . . .


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