This book is the contributions that were presented at St. Anselm College, New Hampshire, the first being by one of the leading authorities in the world of modern Anselmian studies, G.R. Evans of Cambridge University. Her essay "Anselm and Keeping Order in the Real World" was a very appropriate choice for the original conference's keynote address. By studying the importa theme of "order", she develops a concept which perhaps more than any other serves to connect the two sides of Anselm's personality. The other essays in the volume are divided in two categories:
Anselm and keeping order in the real world, Gillian R. Evans; Anselm's argument in the "Proslogion" and Aquinas's proofs - the fundamental Agreement, Montague Brown; Anselm's spiritual metaphysics, Susan Krantz; the cross and the pearl - Anselm's patristic doctrine of atonement, Kevin McMahon; the dynamic form and content of Anselm's "Proslogion", Richard Miller; divinity, necessity and freedom in Anselm of Canterbury, Kevin Staley; Anselm's incompatibilism, Stan R. Tyvoll; Norman Malcolm's ontological argument, William A. Drumin; speaking the Trinity - Anselm and his 13th-century interlocutors on divine "intelligere" and "dicere", Matthew Levering; on the relative priority of the ontological and cosmological arguments in Kant and Aquinas, Lawrence Pasternack; Hegel facing Anselm - God, evil and truth, Daniel E. Shannon; Karl Barth's anselmic rationality, Gerry Wilson; Anselm, Abbot of Bec - servant to Benedict, Jeffrey Aubuchon; faith seeking understanding - a consistent theme in the writings of Saint Anselm of Canterbury, John-Paul Shimek.