The Argument For The Existence Of God Essay

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The argument for the existence of God will always give rise to infinitive points of view. St. Anselm (c. 1033- April 21, 1109) was distinguished philosopher, scholar, theologian and an Italian monk who later went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury. His thinking and writings about God and the disposition of faith has influenced and fascinated scholars and philosophers since the Middle Ages—some would even say he is the most important Christian thinker of the 11th century. In his highly respected work called Proslogium Anselm attempts to replace the multiple arguments made in his previous work, the Monologian, with a single argument: his ontological argument for the existence of God. He proposes that if God can be thought of and perceived, then he must exist. Anselm defines God as that than which nothing greater can be conceived—meaning no one can think of anything better than God. What is unique about Anselm’s argument for this time period is that he does not directly depend on sacred scripture to make his argument. Although Anselm’s Ontological Argument will always be very significant in philosophy, he relies on the pre-existing belief of God without attempting to provide explanations making his argument weak. Anselm uses reductio ad absurdum as his method of argumentation, where he attempts to make his thesis accepted because its rejection would be insupportable. A summary of Anselm’s ontological argument is as follows: (1) God is that than which no greater can be…

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