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Op. ). 40 As for the main points of his argument, we must recognize in the first place that he is attempting to explain the divine humility in the incarnation, and that he achieves this with matchless clarity by expounding the essence of man's redemption as a divine-human work. From start to finish the argument is dominated by the action of God—of God who made man, 41 of God who was made man to offer, in manhood, an acceptable satisfaction to the divine nature. 42 There is duality, of course, in the sense that the satisfaction required and made is a human act, but there is an underlying unity in the fact that it is God's 3» Cf.
INTRODUCTION 59 relation to God, and only secondly in the expression of this loss in man's sensuous nature. Despite Bonaventure's attempt to use Albert's formula, while retaining an Augustinian emphasis on concupiscence, the development was bound to end in an Anselmian victory, particularly in the light of the more precise discrimination of nature and grace characteristic of Thomas Aquinas and his successors. 51 The importance of the whole discussion lies in the clarification of the typically "Catholic" idea of original sin as a twofold state or condition: the deprivation of grace, and the consequences of that loss for the stability and well-being of human nature.
Pirenne, A History of Europe from the Invasions to the XVI Century (Allen and Unwin, London, 1939); H. Pirenne, Histoire economique de V Occident medieval (Desclee, Bruges, 1951); F. M. Powicke, Ways of Medieval Life and. Thought (Odhams Press, London, 1950); J. W. Thompson and E. N. Johnson, An Introduction to Medieval Europe, 300-1500 (Norton, New York, 1937). THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH The most adequate survey of the history of the medieval Church will be found in the relevant volumes of A. Fliche, V.
A Scholastic Miscellany: Anselm to Ockham (Library of Christian Classics (Ichthus ed.).) by Eugene R. Fairweather