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Further Reading: Anselm
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When theologically interested Christians consider dipping their toes into Anslem's thought, it is usually Cur Deus Homo they go to. Unfortunately, the experience is often rather off-putting, all the to-ing and fro-ing between Anselm and Boso taking up more time than most readers have the patience to endure (Anselm: 'Listen.' Boso: 'I'm listening.' Anselm: 'I will tell you what seems true to me.' Boso: 'That's all I can ask of you.' Reader: 'Get on with it!'). An easier place to begin is with the Monologion (which will also give a better insight into Anselm's overall thought and approach to theology). The translation to use, both for its freshness and accuracy, is Thomas William's superb Anselm: Basic Writings, which, as the title suggests, contains all Anselm's basic writings.
Beware of secondary literature on Anselm, which tends to be such that any one book will leave a rather lop-sided impression. The safest hands are probably those of the great Anselm authority, Sir Richard Southern. His incomparable biography, Saint Anselm: A Portrait in a Landscape, gives a beautiful introduction to the man and his mind.