Anselm's theory on atonement is that of a philosophical one which he believes should be understood as a necessity anselm's doctrine, 'cur deus homo' which is translated as 'why god became a man (human being)', and the motive behind this work is to prove god's existence. Anselm's theology of the atonement in terms of making up for the offence of sin and satisfying the divine honour was considered a distinct improvement on the patristic fantasies of a divine ransom being handed over to satan, and it won favour among many other theologians, including thomas aquinas, (summa theologiae, iii, 1, 2) as a result it. Iustitia in anselms cur deus homo introduction anselm of canterbury is considered the most significant and influential early medieval figure to explore the idea of iustitia as it pertains to the relationship between god and humanity,  more specifically, to the doctrine of atonement [2. Anselm it will lie at the center of my consideration of anselm's doctrine of the atonement in the present paper where approp-riate, i will also consider what. Bsac 11:44 (oct 1854) p 729 anselm's doctrine of the incarnation and atonement james gardiner [in presenting a translation of this work, it may be proper to give a brief account of the career of its author, and of the manner in which he developed the monastic life and discipline.
In western christian theology, atonement describes how human beings can be reconciled to god through christ's sacrificial suffering and death atonement refers to the forgiving or pardoning of sin in general and original sin in particular through the suffering, death and resurrection of jesus, enabling the reconciliation between god and his creation. The saint anselm journal 82 (spring 2013) 3 atonement theology, 7 which weaver especially faults for its feudalistic background, and for its alleged dependence on the notions of divinely sanctioned violence and retributive justice8. As previously mentioned, other theories of the atonement include abelard's moral influence theory, also known as the subjective theory, a reaction against anselm's objective satisfaction theory.
In this work, anselm set forth the philosophical and theological foundations for an important aspect of the church's understanding of the atonement of christ, specifically the satisfaction view of the atonement. The epistle to diognetus shows that the doctrine of the substitutionary atonement and the imputation of christ's righteousness are not wholesale inventions of later christians, but were present, at least in seed form, early in the history of christianity did some christian groups hold other views of such matters. Luther on atonement - reconfigwed dedicated to the memory of dr robert preus kenneth hagen luther writes in his 1535 commentary on galatians: i believe in jesus christ, the son of god, who suffered. Anselm as representative of latin atonement theories, he concludes that the latin doctrine of the atonement is closely related to the legalism characteristic of the mediaeval outlook 2 it is just such a dichotomy between patristic and medieval doctrines of the atonement.
The satisfaction theory of atonement is a theory in christian theology that jesus christ suffered crucifixion as a substitute for human sin, satisfying god's just wrath against humankind's transgression due to christ's infinite merit. Hence, in catholic theology, the atonement is the satisfaction of christ, whereby god and the world are reconciled or made to be at one anselm's doctrine of.
The doctrine of the atonement merits close attention for two reasons, one speculative, the other practical firstly, the sacrifice of christ upon the altar of the cross is at the very center of revelation and therefore also of theology, and yet the inner working, so to speak, of the atonement remains open to speculation. Anselm lived in a feudal society, a social structure based on everyone's obligations and duties to those above them, and he is criticized for seeing the atonement too much in these terms — as if god were a medieval lord whose sense of honor is hurt by our failing to respect and obey him. Atonement of christ the atonement of christ is the sacrificial work of jesus for sinners in his death on the cross, christ atoned for the sins of humanity such that god is satisfied and reconciliation is accomplished for all who will be redeemed. The doctrine of atonement before anselm robert d culver, thd houston, mn in this paper i seek to show that through the centuries various aspects of the atonement by christ's death on the cross were discerned by christian teachers, yet all the while a doctrine of satisfaction by vicarious sacrifice was understood, even if dimly at times and often stated obscurely.
Anselm builds his doctrine of the atonement on the previous work of the church: her formulations of the doctrine of the trinity (the early ecumenical creeds), original sin (augustine) and the person of christ (especially the creed of chalcedon. Anselm's satisfaction ≠ penal substitutionary atonement reformed scholars after 1600 reformulated anselm's satisfaction theory into the penal substitutionary atonement (psa) model because of this, contemporary evangelicals often mis interpret anselm's theology through the lens of the psa. Anselm of canterbury proposed a concept of satisfaction in regards to christ‟s atonement of our sins within the framework of anselm‟s theory is the idea that regards god‟s honor and dignity could only be restored (satisfied) through the sacrifice of a god-man, who was made apparent in jesus christ. Anselm's doctrine of the atonement his central concepts - satisfaction it is god who needs to be satisfied, but even that leaves us with such questions as why it is both proximately and.
(the catholic doctrine of the atonement, 85, 86) (f) although the high authority of st bernard was thus against them, the views of st anselm and abelard , the two men who in different ways were the fathers of scholasticism , shaped the course of later medieval theology. In the 12th century anselm of of canterbury proposed a satisfaction theory for the atonement in this theory jesus christ's death is understood as a death to satisfy the justice of god satisfaction here means restitution, the mending of what was broken, and the paying back of a debt. The description of anselm's doctrine of the atonement presented above is intended to be as unbiased as possible however, it is important that we take a moment to look at anselm's ideas from an evangelical perspective.