St. Anselm: Basic Writings - Study Guide Monologium, Chapters XXX - LXIII Summary & Analysis

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Chapters thirty through sixty-three discuss God's Trinitarian nature. We will see Anselm argue that God is one being in one sense, but three beings - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - in another.

Chapter thirty argues that the expression of God consists of only one "Word". God has one ultimate description. And Anselm argues in chapter thirty-one that this "word" is not like the name of created beings; but instead is more like their reality. In other words, the Word exists as a thing. God expresses Himself through a "coeternal Word", meaning that God's conception of Himself and His relation to the world is The Word that has always existed with Him. This is the argument of chapter thirty-two. In chapters thirty-three through thirty-five, we discover that God utters "Himself" with a single "Word" that is the...

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