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3rd Unit : 4th Study Group Session

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"Co-existence" in the thought of St. Anselm of Canterbury.

第3ユニット 第4回研究会

              The 4th study group session hosted by the 3rd Unit of the IRCP was held on October 25, 2012, at Hakusan Campus, Toyo University, Tokyo. The presenter was Prof. Yoshiaki Yauchi of Waseda University, Tokyo, and the talk was entitled “Co-existence’ in the thought of St. Anselm of Canterbury.” A summary of the talk follows.

              The ideas of “co-existence” or “living together” of Anselm of Canterbury (1033/34–1109) are found in his rare synthesis of monastic spirituality and theology. For him, “co-existence” first and foremost means “the co-existence betwees God and humans.” This in turn means that humans who are created in the image of the Triune God, seek God by using memory, understanding, and love, through theological thinking and monastic life. The “co-existence between human and human,” for its part, is realised through “friendship.” For Anselm, true friendship is found when those who seek God come to be aware of each other’s selfhood in the innermost parts of their souls. This process will continue and be consummated in Heaven. Third, the “co-existence between nature and humans” would be made possible by human’s perfect obedience to God’s will. Fourth, the principle of the “co-existence between cultures” is reflected in Anselm’s efforts to ensure co-existence and harmony between traditions of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman monasticism.

第3ユニット 第4回研究会