Anselm on the Restoration of Human Nature


“It would not have been right for the restora­tion of human nature to be left undone, and it could not have been done unless man paid what was owing to God for sin. But the debt was so great that, while man alone owed it, only God could pay it, so that the same per­son must be both man and God. Thus it was nec­es­sary for God to take man­hood into the unity of his Per­son, so that he who in his own nature ought to pay and could not should be in a per­son who could. The life of this man was so sub­lime, so pre­cious, that it can suf­fice to pay what is owing for the sins of the whole world, and infi­nite­ly more.” – Fair­weath­er, Eugene R, ed. And trans.,A Scholas­tic Mis­cel­lany: Anslem to Ock­ham, “The Library of Chris­t­ian Clas­sics, “ X (Philadel­phia: The West­min­ster Press, 1956), 176.

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