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The main conflict in the eleventh century is between those who see theology as little more than Bible commentary and those who feel that rational analysis and argument was needed The first group argued that God was such a mystery so intellectually inaccessible that we could hope to talk about him at all only in the symbolic language he himself had graciously given us for that purpose Nor could we expect to get beyond that language to infer other truths from it by reason On the contrast we have a second division of this time that sees God as friendly and sensible and believes there must be reason and rational behind faith During this time period we see the development of Neoplatonic Philosophies Anselms writings place him securely in the second group As he follows the theories of St Augustine very closely he believes that man cannot be freed of sin without the help and guidance of God Anselm sets out to offer the truth through revelation and by inspiring us to accept that revelation in faith Once we accept the truth on that basis however we can hope to reason out proofs for what we have already accepted through faith Anselm sees God as a rational and under the confines that we living in his created world face Thus we should be able to discover the rationality of Gods actions at least to some extent During his life in the world Anselm gained a reputation as an original and independent thinker and was admired for his skill at teaching and gentleness Under the guidance and inspiration of Anselm the monastery began a school at the monastery that soon became a theological and philosophical center of learning At the request of his community Anselm began publishing his theological works These soon spread around Europe and many of them are still available today One of St Anselms major works is the Cur Deus Homo Why God
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