Volume 53, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



The classical Protestant view on Christ’s role in reconciliation (especially as formulated by the ) is often considered to be, basically, that of Anselm’s . This article offers a systematic-theological reconstruction of Anselm’s thoughts on this theme showing that this is not true. According to Anselm Christ did not have to restore God’s loss of honour, nor did he have to die as someone punished instead of others. Yet human beings do need Christ in their place; for human nature needs to regain its integrity and this cannot be done by God’s forgiveness only, nor by human persons themselves moved by Christ’s life and death.


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