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Anselm, Calvin, And The Absent Bible

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One of the least challenged assumptions in the history of Christianity is the presence of the Bible in all its manifestations. Calvin's testimonium Spiritus internum is about liberty; the freedom of the divine gift revealed in the Word. Anselm, in Cur deus homo, sets out to prove the necessity of the incarnation with Christ thrown out of the picture. It is through an analysis of the absence of the Bible that some hints can be given as to the structure and effects of a discourse. Both follow the same pattern: Calvin by appointing the Holy Spirit not only to be the author but also the reader and keeper of Scripture by jealously guarding it in its immutable and untouchable integrity and unity; Anselm by having one go at it, unum argumentum, thus also maintaining its integrity. Both authors can be called exceedingly eschatological, carrying Scripture as the explosive it is.

Keywords:Anselm; Bible; Calvin; Christ; Cur deus homo; Holy Spirit; Scripture; unum argumentum



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