Tuesday, April 21, 2009

St. Anselm of Canterbury

Today is the 900th anniversary of the death of St. Anselm of Canterbury. He was a great saint, scholar, bishop and spiritual author. His teachings on the atonement have shaped the Western Church and have formed the basis for a Christian worldview in which evil is recognized as what it is: an offence against a holy God and God is recognized as what he is: a God of law rather than an arbitrary and capricious tyrant. His classic Cur Deus Homo? continues to enrich all serious theology today, even though the fashions of our secular, liberal society run against any recognition of the seriousness of human sin and the reality of Divine wrath against sin. We give thanks to God for this, his servant.

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