The Ontological Argument And Pascal 's Wager Essay

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The Ontological Argument and Pascal’s Wager The “Ontological Argument” was created by Saint Anselm; this argument is in support of God’s existence. His argument is one based on observation and reason not on empirical evidence and is spit in to three parts. The parts include why god exists, why god cannot be thought to not exist, and lastly why atheists are able to think that God does not exist. In the first section he begins with a definition of God that he believes everyone would be accepting of and that cannot be disputed. His definition is “something-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-thought” (Pg.15) or in simpler terms the greatest conceivable being. Anselm uses reductio ad absurdum to prove that the contrary to his belief would be absurd. He states that anything that is in reality is greater than that just in the mind, and therefore the greatest conceivable being must not just exist in the mind but also in reality because it would not be the greatest conceivable being if it did not exist. Anselm in the second section states that God cannot be thought to not exist if he is thought to exist. God is the only thing in the world that cannot be thought not to exist because if he did not exist that would be a flaw and it would then not be the greatest conceivable being. In the final section of his agreement Anselm explains why atheists do not actually believe that God does not exist. He states that they may be using the word God but are not actually think of God, the way…

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