David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 31 (2):167 - 185 (1995)
Anselm's "Cur Deus" Homo argues that only by the Incarnation can God save humanity. This seems to sit ill with the claim that God is omnipotent and absolutely free, for this entails that God could save humanity in other ways. I show that features of Anselm's concept of God and treatment of necessity make the claim that the Incarnation is a necessary means of salvation problematic. I then show that for Anselm, all conditions which make the Incarnation necessary for human salvation stem from God's nature and prior choices. If so, the Incarnation's necessity restricts neither God's freedom nor His power. For that the Incarnation is necessary given God's actual choices does not entail that it would have been necessary had God made other choices, or that God could not have made choices which would have made the Incarnation non-necessary.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Nancy Kendrick (2011). The Non-Christian Influence on Anselm's Proslogion Argument. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (2):73-89.
Similar books and articles
Brian Leftow (1995). Anselm on the Beauty of the Incarnation. Modern Schoolman 72 (2-3):109 - 124.
Brian Leftow (1997). Anselm on the Cost of Salvation. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 6 (1):73 - 92.
Katherin A. Rogers (2007). The Necessity of the Present and Anselm's Eternalist Response to the Problem of Theological Fatalism. Religious Studies 43 (1):25-47.
Sandra Visser & Thomas Williams (2009). Anselm. Oxford University Press.
Katherin A. Rogers (2007). God is Not the Author of Sin. Faith and Philosophy 24 (3):300-310.
Robin Le Poidevin (2013). Kenosis, Necessity and Incarnation. Heythrop Journal 54 (2):214-227.
Thomas Williams (2007). Anselm: Basic Writings. Hackett Pub.
Katherin A. Rogers (2007). God is Not the Author of Sin: An Anselmian Response to McCann. Faith and Philosophy 24 (3):300-310.
Lewis S. Ford (1972). The Incarnation as a Contingent Reality: A Reply to Dr. Pailin. Religious Studies 8 (2):169 - 173.
Masumbuko Mununguri (1997). The Closeness of the God of Our Ancestors: An African Approach to the Incarnation. Marist International Centre.
Richard Swinburne (1994). The Christian God. Oxford University Press.
Thomas D. Senor (1991). God, Supernatural Kinds, and the Incarnation. Religious Studies 27 (3):353-370.
Eric Ackroyd (2009). Divinity in Things: Religion Without Myth. Sussex Academic Press.
William E. Mann (2004). Anselm on the Trinity. In The Cambridge Companion to Anselm. Cambridge Univ Pr.
M. J. Edwards (2013). Image, Word, and God in the Early Christian Centuries. Ashgate Pub. Ltd..
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads11 ( #154,633 of 1,410,134 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #177,743 of 1,410,134 )
How can I increase my downloads?