“The title of Anselm of Canterbury’s great work Cur Deus Homo? asked a fundamental question: why was it necessary for God to become man? Anselm answered the question by insisting that in order to represent God to its, Jesus had to be true God, and in order to represent its to God, He had to be true man. If we are to be saved from the consequences of our sin, the second person of the Trinity had to become incarnate and take our place. When Boso, a dim-witted character in Anselm’s work, failed to understand why redemption required such an extravagant act, he was told: Nondum considerasti, quanti ponderis sit peccatum (“You have not yet considered what a heavy weight sin is”).
– Derek Thomas