No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

A recapitulation of his past paintings Seeds of Contemplation, this number of 16 essays plumbs elements of human spirituality. Merton addresses these looking for enduring values, success, and salvation in prose that's, as consistently, inspiring and compassionate. “A stimulating sequence of religious reflections with a purpose to end up worthwhile for all suffering the richest, fullest and noblest life” (Chicago Tribune).

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JESUS' HUMANITY: MEDIEVAL CHRISTOLOGY 43 not a debtor in the sense that sin morally deformed him or that he sinned personally. But was he not a debtor in that by freely and truly becoming one of us through the Incarnation, he assumed our indebtedness with its congenital suffering and death? From within our indebtedness, he then freely offered his sinless life to the Father on our behalf. At this crucial juncture, Anselm knew that his soteriology had an inherent tension. "12 In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm appealed more to faith—it happened therefore God could do it—than to theological explanation.

We argue to the contrary that only if Jesus possessed a humanity tainted by sin would his human will have had any real and efficacious salvific value. 38 IN THE LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH principle, at times, to the detriment of the second. This study, without denying the absolute necessity of Jesus' sinlessness, wishes to demonstrate that his assuming a humanity that bore the birthmark of sin is of equal importance. Actually, only as the Son inherited an enfeebled humanity does his sinless life possess any soteriological value.

18 Only his authentic, historical words and actions reveal his divine personhood, that is, the truth of the Incarna- 17 Within Process Christology, for example, redemption is limited to Jesus' good example which stimulates to a higher intensity the already existing redemptive process. However, under this theory, Jesus did nothing that differs in kind from what anyone else does; he just did it better. Cf. D. Griffin, A Process Christology (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1973), 113-48. For responses to Process Soteriology, cf.

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