A Scholastic Miscellany: Anselm to Ockham (Library of by Eugene R. Fairweather

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Anselm is concerned at once to stress the truth that God alone can be man's Redeemer, and to show the real significance of his taking human nature and dying a human death. Secondly, Anselm avoids the slightest suggestion that the atonement is the placating of an angry God, the satisfaction of an offended Father by the punishment of a loving Son. 46 If Anselm asserts that it is unfitting for God to leave his own honor unsatisfied, his whole line of argument makes it clear that this assertion assumes God's purpose in creating man for eternal blessedness.

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54 ANSELM OF CANTERBURY Since Anselm speaks in Cur deus homo, just as in his more philosophical moods, of "understanding" and "necessary reasoning," and formulates the "necessary reasons" for the incarnation in deliberate abstraction from the fact of Christ's existence,28 it may seem perverse to distinguish his technique here from that of the Proslogion. Is not his whole theology a rationalism which, far from losing philosophy in faith, reduces the understanding of faith to philosophy? " 29 But this theological rationalism must not be construed in a naturalistic sense.

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