Anselm’s Proof that God Exists (Notes:64)

In Anselm’s first work, he offered many proofs for the existence of God and its various divine attributes. But he quickly became dissatisfied with these proofs, primarily because all of them were so complicated (“a chaining together of many arguments”). So, he did what any enterprising person would do—he searched for a single argument which…Read more »

Boethius on Foreknowldge and Freedom (Notes:62)

God is grand and his will encompasses everything—he is wholly good and is inseparable from good. But, if this is the case, then the original complaint still exists—if God is all-powerful, then why is it that the good suffer at the hands of the wicked? Fundamentally, Lady Philosophy’s stance is to the contrary: the wicked,…Read more »

Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (Notes:61)

Born into a wealthy Roman family in 480, though Boethius had lost his father at an early age, he was adopted by an even more prominent family; well educated, Boethius wrote philosophical and theological treatises. He knew Greek and translated as well as commented on Aristotle. On top of this, he was a renowned public…Read more »