If St. Augustine was to read the works of Anselm, what would be his reaction?
"My these are short!"
Was everything that Anselm wrote agreeable with St. Augustine?
Agreeable? I don't know. The same? Absolutely not. Here are just a few things I imagine that Augustine would either be surprised by or dislike:
1) The relative lack of scriptural references and biblical allusions in Monologion
. (If Jerome's translation of the much-disputed-divinely-caused plant in Jonah 4:6 as hederam
was enough to make Augustine lambaste him as a heretic (and for Augustine's congregation to riot), then I imagine Augustine would be more than a little peeved at Anselm's Lanfrancian tendencies).
2) The Anslemian emphasis on preservation of honor, which he (Anselm) took for granted because of the nature of contemporary feudal society (i.e. mankindÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relationship to God is like the relationship between a vassal and his manorial lord).
3) In Cur Deus Homo
, Anselm discusses Augustine's explanation of the Incarnation (the so-called devil's rights theory) and finds it substantially wanting.