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CREDO UT INTELLIGAM

I believe in order to understand. Phrase of St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), defining one of the functions of faith as giving light to the mind. Those who believe acquire a capacity for knowledge, even in earthly terms, that unbelievers do not possess.