Some thoughts came to mind this morning before I realized it was the feast of Saint Anselm. I suppose perhaps unconsciously I must have known this was the feast day of this admirable thinker. In any case, here are the thoughts that came to mind; some of them have been rattling about for a while; submitted for your consideration.
- God is Spirit, prior to all other actuality, the home of all possibility.
- The proper activity of Spirit is knowledge and love.
- God's love of the possible engenders God’s knowledge of the actual.
- By knowledge, then, God brings about the collapse of possibility into actuality, and by love sustains it. Love of the emergent actual leads to knowledge of the newly emergent possible. And so on.
- In a quantum sense, God is the ultimate observer.
- Human beings share in the divine likeness through the capacity for knowledge and love.
- God exists in our minds because we exist in God’s mind. In one sense, this is the obverse of Anselm, and it offers another way to understand the atonement as intimately linked to the Incarnation, by which God exists perfectly in humanity, and humanity in God, yet without confusion.