WEBINAR: Anselm of Canterbury on the Rationality of Faith

Apr 16, 2020
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This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the webinar via email.

You can also watch the live stream of the lecture on our YouTube Channel.

Join us for the second installment of our Spring Webinar Series. Professor Aaron Canty, who teaches theology and medieval thought at Saint Xavier University, will present on the thought of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (d. 1106).

Anselm was a startlingly original monastic writer and thinker who drank deeply of Augustinian and patristic theology but formulated his own theological and philosophical writings in spare and compelling chains of reasoning. His Why God Became Man, Monologion, and Proslogion each chart new ways to practice 'believing in order to understand (credo ut intelligam).'

This lecture is part of our Spring Webinar Series on "Reason and Wisdom in Medieval Christian Thought"

What can reason discover about God? Are there other possible ways to know God? Medieval Christians undertook great rational enterprises—including the sharp logic of Abelard and the grand system of Thomas Aquinas—as well as practiced experiential and contemplative modes of knowing, as did Bernard of Clairvaux. This course will examine how different preeminent medieval Christian thinkers saw the relationship between reason and wisdom, how to arrive at them, and so how to seek the face of God.

This series is cosponsored by the Collegium Institute, the Nova Forum, the Saint Benedict Institute, the Beatrice Institute, the Harvard Catholic Center,
and Calvert House Catholic Center.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, April 23, 7PM
"Thomas Aquinas on Ways to Know God" | Brian Carl (University of St. Thomas, Houston)

Thursday, April 30, 7PM
Hildegard of Bingen (Title TBD) | Barbara Newman (Northwestern University)

Thursday, May 7, 7PM
Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux (Title TBD) | Willemien Otten (University of Chicago)

Thursday, May 14, 7PM
Julian of Norwich (Title TBD) | Katie Bugyis (University of Notre Dame)

Thursday, May 21, 7PM
Bonaventure (Title TBD) | Kevin Hughes (Villanova University)

Thursday, May 28, 7PM
Meister Eckhart
| Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago)

Thursday, June 4, 7PM
Nicholas of Cusa
| David Albertson (University of Southern California)