Thursday, January 22, 2009

Come on now, little man...

My pen name here is "Anselm's Apprentice." St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury in the eleventh century, had the kind of God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion that I'm looking for.

Anselm had a passion to know God. He said:
Come on now little man, get away from your worldly occupations for a while, escape from your tumultuous thoughts. Lay aside your burdensome cares and put off your laborious exertions. Give yourself over to God for a little while, and rest for a while in Him. Enter into the cell of your mind, shut out everything except God and whatever helps you to seek Him once the door is shut. Speak now, my heart, and say to God, "I seek your face; your face, Lord, I seek."
Anselm's imagination took him past anything the Church had come up with in the ten centuries before him. He asked why God became a man and helped form the substitutionary theory of the Atonement (a foundation of Catholic and Protestant thinking ever since). He is best known for his "ontological proof of the existence of God," which depends expressly on "what can be imagined."

My passion is "imagination"--but is it the kind of God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated imagination Anselm had?

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