Saturday, April 21, 2007

St Anselm of Canterbury

Ah, Anselm. Many a scholar of nonviolence has cursed your name...

Anselm basically articulated the first satisfaction theory of the atonement, which preceded penal substitution, and kind of paved the way for it...personally I have nothing against him, since I think he was trying to contextualise what he saw as "good news" for his time and culture...obviously though, the implications for today are fairly terrifying. Nonetheless: I honour him, particularly for his consistent humility and courage to stand up for what he believed in. A detailed and extensive history of Anselm can be found here: it's actually well worth a read.

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