27 anselm, why god became man iixi 28 thomas aquinas, summa theologiae, 61 vols, blackfriars edn (london: eyre & spottiswood 1964-81), 3142 29 ibid, 33113 8 the best place to go to see what martin luther and john calvin think about this is to go straight to their commentaries on john 1:14. Cur deus homo (why god was a man) was written from 1095 to 1098 once anselm was already archbishop of canterbury as a response for requests to discuss the incarnation it takes the form of a dialogue between anselm and boso, one of his students [191. Why god became a man a conversation with anselm's cur deus homo by tami jelinek part one is anselm faithful to paul's argument in romans 3 in romans 3, paul precedes his argument for christ's sacrifice as sufficient for, and. Monologium considers the attributes of god, while cur deus homo (translated, why god became man) addresses difficult questions about the incarnation this collection is a fine example of the intertwining of medieval philosophy and christian apologetics.
Centuries later a man by the name of immanuel kant arises to challenge anselm's theory as to the existence of god perhaps immanuel kant's most famous theory is the critique of pure reason in which kant is said to have finally brought down anselm's argument. No being except the god—man can make the atonement by which man is saved anselm because of his unchangeable goodness, it is necessary for god, having once started work on mankind, to bring that work to completion [despite man's fall into sin. Anselm further speculates that when man did not defeat the devil, he removed from god whatever god had purposed to do with human nature (cdh: i, 23)11 this view seems to suggest that human beings did this, apart from god's decree, and as such is an affront to god's sovereignty over his creation. Modem theological library 'why god became man', but, whether you have question or statement, the english versions assume a latin verbal construction such as factus est, though anselm does not use one.
(in which he undertakes to show that divine love responding to human rebelliousness requires that god should become a man) he was born in italy about 1033, and in 1060 he entered the monastery of bec in normandy to study under stephen lanfranc, whom he succeeded in office, first as prior of bec, and later as archbishop of canterbury. Anselm's doctrine, cur deus homo' which is translated as why god became a man (human being)', and the motive behind this work is to prove god's existence his main target audience are those among the non-believers of god. In cur deus homo, or why god became man, the author addresses the incarnation of christ and the theme of atonement for sin from this philosophical perspective anselm distinguishes between different ways in which an action or state. Ontological arguments are arguments, for the conclusion that god exists, from premises which are supposed to derive from some source other than observation of the world—eg, from reason alone. The selected reading from a scholastic miscellany: anselm to ockham focused on anselm of canterbury's work, why god became manin his work, anselm explains what the whole bible teaches about itself, the written word of god, the authority and sufficiency of scripture, the means by which we know god, theology proper, the angels, the devil, the fall of man, sin and the punishment thereof, god.
Anselm's contributions to soteriology rest on the arguments of his cur deus homo (why god became man), in which he offers his view of human redemption through the death of christ articulating a theory of satisfaction atonement, anselm's treatise forwards a conception of justice that mirrors the hierarchical moral and social orders of medieval feudalism. Essay anselm's ontological argument and the philosophers saint anselm of aosta, bec, and canterbury, perhaps during a moment of enlightenment or starvation-induced hallucination, succeeded in formulating an argument for god's existence which has been debated for almost a thousand years. Anselm believed the faith is basis of a good knowledge god transcends everything imaginable so he exists outside of us, and out of this world, there is god, because he is - god puts the idea of him into the man's at the birth( charlesworth 12. God's existence may vary from philosopher to philosopher, but according to the late st anselm, archbishop of canterbury there was absolutely no doubt that god's presence is certain, and yet the philosopher desires the understanding of faith.
In this essay i shall describe anselm's ontological argument and look at how it may prove gods existence i will then go on to look at criticisms of the argument from both gaunilo and kant to see if they can show that the argument does not work and if not, why not the core of anselm's. Anselm of canterbury complete treatises volume iii: two letters concerning roscelin the incarnation of the word why god became man the virgin conception and original sin. Anselm's doctrine, 'cur deus homo' which is translated as 'why god became a man (human being)', and the motive behind this work is to prove god's existence his main target audience are those among the non-believers of god. God did not primarily become man in order to redeem him in justice, but rather literally by the incarnation he made a man god, a divine person capable therefore as man of giving the father a maximum possible glory and redeeming the rest of his brethren in a most perfect way.
Christ became a man that he by the grace of god should taste death for every man (hebrews 2:9) the word, who is the eternal son of god, became flesh and was obliged to be made in the likeness of man in order to redeem him. (latin for why was god a man), usually translated why god became a man, is a book written by st anselm of canterbury in the period of 1094-1098 in this work he proposes the satisfaction view of the atonement. Since we believe that god is truth is the famous opening of st anselm's treatise on truth anselm was an 11 th century catholic philosopher and cleric in england, and one of the cross pollinated catholic thinkers whom anglicans, at least historically, liked to claim as their own.