The Ontological Argument For The Existence Of God Essay

867 Words Feb 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Saint Anslem was a Catholic philosopher who wrote a proof through deduction for the existence of the Christian God.
Ontology is the study of what there is, more specifically in this case, the entities that exist and the logic encompassing such thought. Therefore, an ontological argument is an argument that appeals to a being or an essence of a thing. Often, ontological arguments are unclear as to what the answer, or even, question is exactly; thus leaving the arguments open to thought, reflection, discussion and debate for centuries to follow.
Anslem’s ontological argument for the existence of God can be summarized in five points. The first statement is that God is a being in which nothing greater can be conceived. Secondly, we can conceive of such a being. Thirdly, if we can conceive it, in a sense, it exists in our thoughts. Fourth, a being that exists in both thoughts and reality would be greater than a being existing only in our thoughts. And finally, God must exist in not only thoughts but reality as well.
This argument may seem complicated, but Anslem is attempting to prove that God must exist in reality because, by his definition, God is a being that “which nothing greater can be conceived” (Anslem 42). If an ontological argument is executed properly, it becomes as much of a contradiction to suppose that God doesn’t exist as it is to suppose he does, by doing so, philosophers allow for deep intellectual thought when struggling to reach your own personal conclusion.…

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