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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s