Anselm of Canterbury

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1033 – 1109

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Who was Anselm of Canterbury?

Saint Anselm of Canterbury, also called Anselm of Aosta for his birthplace, and Anselm of Bec for his home monastery, was a Benedictine monk, philosopher, and prelate of the Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he has been a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and the satisfaction theory of atonement.

Born into the House of Candia, he entered the Benedictine order at the Abbey of Bec at the age of 27, where he became abbot in 1079. He became Archbishop of Canterbury under William II of England. He was exiled from England from 1097 to 1100, and again from 1105 to 1107, as a result of the investiture controversy, the most significant conflict between Church and state in Medieval Europe. Anselm was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1720 by a Papal Bull of Pope Clement XI. His feast day is April 21.

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Born
1033
Aosta
Also known as
  • St. Anselm
  • Anselm
Religion
  • Catholicism
Profession
Lived in
  • Aosta Valley
Died
Apr 21, 1109
Canterbury

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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