I’m really pleased to report that the excellent New York Times blog Happy Days—a series of reflections on “the pursuit of what matters in troubled times”—has just posted an essay of mine: “The Self-Thinking Thought.” It’s a reflection on my experience spending part of a summer with St. Anselm, the 11th-century monk-turned-archbishop who introduced the ontological proof for the existence of God to Latin Europe.
So the ontological proof is what matters in troubled times? Yeah, I guess that’s what I’m saying.
It was the year 1077, at the monastery of Bec in what is now northern France. Anselm was happy. “The grace of God shone on his heart, the whole matter became clear to his mind, and a great joy and jubilation filled his inmost being,” his friend and biographer Eadmer would later write.
Head over to the Times to read more. And here’s another reason. Not only will you see my first essay to appear in that hallowed publication; you’ll see my first illustration as well!