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date: 31 October 2020

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Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo has long been regarded as one of the classic mediaeval texts on Christology. It has been hailed as one of the seminal theological influences in Christology for the succeeding half millennium. It has not, however, been universally praised. Some have contended that feudalism unduly influenced Anselm’s theology, while others have questioned the validity of his position relative to either patristic or modern sensibilities. While these discussions do raise issues worth investigating, they have obscured the very real possibility that Anselm was writing not only for the Church, but for unbelievers as well. In fact, an emerging line of enquiry is opening up, perhaps for the first time since its publication, that contends that the Cur Deus Homo was written with both Jews and Muslims in mind. This is not a Christology for the Church alone, but for the world.

Keywords: Anselm, Christology, theology, Jews, Muslims

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