What is the most misunderstood thing about absoluteness?
B. Anselm's model of salvation
In the first book of his work Cur Deus homo, Anselm had rejected all conceivable ways of imagining a new foundation of communion with God. In dealing with the views of the infideles, he comes to the realization that all these ideas are not justifiable before the forum of reason. Humanity has become irreversibly entangled in its self-inflicted calamity. The religiously widespread idea of salvation by God out of pure mercy is ruled out because it contradicts the absoluteness of God. A redemption so conceived can therefore not legitimately lie in the expectation horizon of the human being. Neither is man able to do anything of his own accord to re-establish communion with God.
The second book of Cur Deus homo now serves to distinguish the Christian message of salvation from a real contradiction to the recognition of the absoluteness of God. Anselm shows here that the Christian message differs from other religious claims to revelation in that its content also specifies the conditions of possibility and therefore does not contradict reason, and is therefore in accordance with reason. This is what Boso exclaims enthusiastically in the last chapter:
“Everything you say seems to me to be reasonable and to which nothing can be countered; and by solving the only question we have set, I see everything in the New and Old Testaments as proven. ”1
The argument thus leads in ...
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