Learning the Cross of Christ: Anselm of Canterbury

Ellen T. Charry

in By the Renewing of Your Minds

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134865
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853472 | DOI:
Learning the Cross of Christ: Anselm of Canterbury

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This chapter shows that with Anselm, humble obedience becomes the signature of Western piety in response to the fearsomeness of justly deserved divine wrath. The person and work of Christ rivet our attention on the question of our orientation to God the Father and the Son, the models for our edification. Christ's Incarnation and death are a humble offering of God to God, a strategy by which we are to learn humility and obedience from the one who lowered himself to us and himself “learned” obedience in order to rescue us. We not only rejoice in the Son's courage to rescue us by his death; we also learn obedience to justice in order to rescue one another. When in positions of authority, we are to imitate justice subordinated to mercy as shown by the Father; when subordinate we are to imitate the obedience, humility, and devotion to the restoration of justice on behalf of others modeled by the Son.

Keywords: Anselm of Canterbury; obedience; piety; humility; God; Christ; justice; mercy

Chapter.  11296 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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