Anselm on the Beauty of the Incarnation

Modern Schoolman 72 (2-3):109 - 124 (1995)
Abstract
Among the objections to the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation which Anselm takes up in ’Cur Deus Nomo’ is an argument that a wise God would not act so, because it is inefficient. I explicate Anselm’s reply to this. It is (I argue) that the Incarnation is an elegant way to achieve a large set of goods including human salvation, and that God might well be wise to treat a sort of beauty the Incarnation involves as a value more important than efficiency
Keywords Catholic Tradition  History of Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/schoolman1995722/310
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