Who was Anselm of Canterbury? Those who have never read Anselm often caricature the medieval theologian as an esoteric logic chopper. A careful read of Anselm, however, reveals a different story. Anselm’s “perfect being” theology was not only the apologetic grounds of his ontological argument, but an entryway into his affirmation of both faith and reason. Anselm’s famous statement – God is “that than which none greater may be conceived” – was no bare proposition, but a declaration of praise. Anselm’s doxological reasoning defined his pursuit of happiness. In this episode of the Credo Podcast, Matthew Barrett is joined by Gavin Ortlund to discuss Anselm’s marriage of faith and reason in his pursuit of everlasting joy.
Gavin Ortlund is Pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary in historical and theological studies. His published books include: Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future; Finding the Right Hills to Die On: The Case for Theological Triage; Retrieving Augustine’s Doctrine of Creation: Ancient Wisdom for Current Controversy; Why God Makes Sense of a World That Doesn’t: The Beauty of Christian Theism (forthcoming with Baker), and Anselm’s Pursuit of Joy: A Commentary on the Proslogion.
Matthew Barrett is the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is also Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Simply Trinity; Canon, Covenant and Christology; and None Greater. He is the host of the Credo podcast where he engages top theologians on the most important theological issues today.