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My colleague Samuel Smith has suggested that the worm upon the hook is a medieval image of the Christian doctrine of the atonement, wherein the worm is the physical body of Jesus designed to lure Satan into a trap set for him by God.
In their writings they had denied or undermined the chief teachings of their faith--the Creation, the Fall, the Incarnation and "the cardinal doctrine of the Atonement.
Second, a theology of the cross is not a doctrine of the atonement, and in particular it is not the reiteration of an Anselmian one.

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