Our faith has to be defended by reason against the impious, not against those who admit rejoicing in the honor of being called Christians. Of these one can justly demand that they hold unshaken the pledge given in baptism; but the former must be shown by reason how irrationally they scorn us. A Christian should progress through faith to understanding, not reach faith through understanding, or, if he cannot understand, fall away from faith. Indeed, someone who can attain understanding should rejoice, but someone who cannot understand, should venerate what he is unable to comprehend.

— Anselm: The Joy of Faith by William H. Shannon (pg. 85) (from Anselm's Letters, Letter 136)

The O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection in the Geisel Library consists of primary and secondary materials documenting the life and works of Saint Anselm, Abbot of Bec, and Archbishop of Canterbury. The collection is administered by the Msgr. Wilfrid H. Paradis Archives and Special Collections.

Books in the O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection
A listing from the Geisel Library catalog of all books housed in the O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection. This collection supports the activities of the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies. Access to the O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection is by appointment only. Contact the Archives and Special Collections to discuss your research.

Works by Saint Anselm
A listing of books by St. Anselm in the collection including works in translation. 

Works about Saint Anselm
A listing of books about St. Anselm in the collection including his life and writings in the collection.

"Anselm Articles"
A bibliographic listing of works relevant to St. Anselm studies catalogued by the Geisel Library.