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Scholastic Monergist: Anselm of Canterbury


Anselm (1033–1109), Bishop of Canterbury, on divine sovereignty:

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If those things which are held together in the circuit of the heavens should desire to be elsewhere than under the heavens or to be further removed from the heavens, there is no place where they can be but under the heavens; nor can they fly from the heavens without also approaching them. For whence and whither and in what way they go, they still are under the heavens; and if they are at a greater distance from one part of them, they are only so much nearer to the opposite part. And so, though man or evil angel refuses to submit to the divine will and appointment, yet he cannot escape it; for if he wishes to fly from a will that commands, he falls into the power of a will that punishes.

—cited in Steven J. Lawson, Pillars of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2011), 305.



Posted 2018·09·19 by David Kjos
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