Re: Balancing Equations

From: george murphy (
Date: Wed Jul 17 2002 - 19:02:58 EDT

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         Without denying the importance of Anselm's treatise & the sharpness of his
    analysis, it's also important to realize that his understanding of the
    atonement is strongly influenced by elements of the feudal culture of his
    time. The whole idea of having to "make satisfaction" for the violation of
    God's honor made a great deal of sense in the 11th century but it doesn't for
    us today &, more importantly, it is far from being the predominant biblical
          In addition, Anselm tacitly assumed, with much of the tradition, that the
    Incarnation was necessary only because of sin, and that it wouldn't have
    happened in sin had not entered the world. But that is far from obvious, as
    Eph.1:10 shows.

    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

    gordon brown wrote:

    > Walt,
    > The classical treatise on the incarnation, which has been most influential
    > in the past millennium, is Anselm's "Cur Deus Homo?". It emphasizes the
    > need for satisfaction, that the punishment for our sins must indeed occur
    > even if someone else takes our place.
    > Gordon Brown
    > Department of Mathematics
    > University of Colorado
    > Boulder, CO 80309-0395
    > On Wed, 17 Jul 2002, Walter Hicks wrote:
    > > Unrelated to that, I have often wondered (as many others have): ¦Why the
    > > incarnation?"

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