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Author QuotedR.W. Southern
Title QuotedLife of St. Anselm, Archbisshop of Canterbury
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/07/28
Imprint[S.l.] : Nelson. 1962
QuotationI have been reading a very fine book of R. W. Southern on St. Anselm. I suppose you must know Southern. I think he did a very good job. I took this occasion to get into St. Anselm a little, too. I had always been put off him by the standard philosophy textbooks, but I find him fascinating. And am reading Erasmus too, since we have his collected works in one of those photo-offset editions of the old folios. This all doesn't sound much like Canfield, does it? Well, I do have a humanist and philosophical side. And Anselm was a mystic, certainly. I don't believe in being professionally anti-intellectual, as though the mind as such were an obstacle to contemplation. I think this is a big mistake, and the effects of it are unfortunate.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 361
Letter toEtta Gullick
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