How did the work of the saints
affect the people of the time?
The work of the saints affected the people of that time in incredible ways and in some instances there work
is still affecting us now. In the following essay there will be various Saints listed with there
accomplishments and brief description of there past.
One of the more popular Saints of our time, was Saint Nicholas, who became a Christian prelate that lived
in the late 4th century. Patron saint of Russia, traditionally associated with Christmas celebrations. He was
a native of Patara, formerly a city in the Asia Minor. Nicholas entered the nearby monastery of Sion and
afterward became archbishop of the metropolitan church in Myra, Lycia. He is said to have been
imprisoned during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian and to have attended the first Council of Nicaea.
At the end of the 11th century some Italian merchants transported his remains from Myra to Bari, Italy,
where his tomb is now a shrine.
Nicholas is the patron saint of children, scholars, virgins, sailors, and merchants, and in the Middle Ages he
was regarded by thieves as their patron saint as well. Legend tells of his hidden gifts to the three daughters
of a poor man who was unable to give them dowries, was about to abandon them to prostitution. From this
tale has grown the custom of secret gifts on the Eve of Saint Nicholas. Because of the close proximity of
dates, Christmas and Saint Nicholas's Day(Dec.6) are now celebrated simultaneously in many countries.
Santa Claus is physically known as being overweight, jolly, and being bearded has the exact physical, and
the same personality as Saint Nicholas. It is thought that this figure that is loved by almost every little child
in the world is derived from Saint Nicholas.
Saint Anselm was another great Saint who’s work revolutionized philosophy as we know it. Out of his life
work he is known best for his argument of God's existence.
Anselm was born in Aosta. In 1060 he joined the Benedictine monastery at Bec, in Normandy. Anselm was
elected abbot of Bec. During these years he acquired a reputation for learning and devotion. He composed
the Monologium in which reflecting the influence of St. Augustine he spoke of God as the highest being
and investigated God's attributes. Encouraged by its reception, in 1078 he continued his project of faith
seeking understanding, completing the Proslogium, the second chapter of which presents the original
statement of what in the 18th century became known as the ontological argument.
Anselm argued that even those who doubt the existence of God would have to have some understanding of
what they were doubting. Namely, they would understand God to be a being than which nothing greater can
be thought. Given that it is greater to exist outside the mind rather than just in the mind, a doubter who
denied God's existence would be making a contradiction because he or she would be saying that it is
possible to think of something greater than a being than which nothing greater can be thought. For that
reason, by definition God exists necessarily.
Later philosophers Thomas Aquinas and Immanuel Kant challenged his argument. Many following
philosophers, René Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, Gottfried Leibniz, and some contemporary philosophers
have offered similar arguments to Anselm’s.
Anselm gave to the world almost a definition that there is a God, and revolutionized the way people looked
at God. His argument is still very debated at this time in many churches.
One of the greatest ‘inventions’ of all time was invented by a Spanish theologian, and archbishop called
Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636). The one man who introduced the world to Encyclopedia’s and
Reference books. His most significant work was Etymologiae, a remarkably comprehensive early
encyclopedia. He was born in Seville and was educated at a monastery. As archbishop, Isidore helped unify
the Spanish church by converting the Visigoths, who had completed the conquest of Spain in the 5th
century, to orthodox Christianity from Arianism one of the most divisive heresies in the history of the
church. He also presided over a number of important church councils. Most notable among these was the
fourth national Council of Toledo (633), which decreed the union of church and state, the establishment of
cathedral