Flesh as Transformation Symbol in the Theology of Anselm of Canterbury Historical and Transpersonal Perspectives

Author: Gollnick, James
Taking as its organizational principle Herbert Richardson's threefold levels of meaning, this study examines the nine cases in which Anselm uses the word flesh, places the concept flesh in the context of Anselm's theological system, and displays flesh as a motif or transformation symbol governing Anselm's entire life and thought.


". . . undoubtedly of value to all students of Anselm. It shows a thorough knowledge of the texts and of the contexts of Anselm's thought." - Studies in Religion - Sciences Religieuses "Recommended to specialists in Anselm studies and to those concerned with the use of `body' metaphors in Christian theology." - Religious Studies Review

"It is rare that one finds so exemplary a work in historical theology as [Gollnick's] meticulous study . . . . [Gollnick's] work is excellent." - Theological Studies "This work represents serious mediaeval scholarship." - Église et Théologie

". . . makes a double contribution. To the history of Christian doctrine it offers a new and important treatment of the significance of Anselm's category of the `flesh.' To the psychology of religion it offers a case study and explanation of `transformation' in the work of a classical Christian theologian . . . . Because it bridges two fields, its methods may be remote from some of its audience and its material remote from the rest, but Gollnick offers careful and helpful definitions and explanation at each stage, so that neither group should feel at a loss." - Toronto Journal of Theology

"Gollnick is most suggestive when he incorporates Jungian perspectives into the discussion of `transformation' archetypes . . . . This is a mature and original work of scholarship . . . , an important study for those of us who are truly serious about the