Anselm (c. 1033 – 1109) was a Benedictine monk, theologian, and the archbishop of Canterbury.

He is remembered for presenting theological works using the rational method, thereby laying the foundation for Scholasticism. He said of his faith, “I do not try to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand.”

Anselm defended the Faith, practicing the instruction St. Paul gave to Timothy to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.” (The day’s epistle, page F 27, The People’s Anglican Missal).