Essay on The Ontological Argument For The Existence Of God

1275 Words Nov 6th, 2015 6 Pages
In this paper, I will support the idea of the existence of God. First I will present Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God, then I will present Gaunilo’s criticism on Anselm’s argument. Finally, I will show the coherent existence of God and evil.
To understand the argument for the existence of God, we first define the usage of God in this paper. God is the greatest conceivable being who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent. He is capable of knowing everything and doing everything, and has perfect goodness.
In the ontological argument, Anselm defined God as the greatest conceivable being that nothing greater than Him can be conceived. Suppose God exists in the mind alone. It is better for Him to exist in the mind and in reality than to exist in the mind alone. If God exists only in the mind, then we can imagine that there is something greater than Him. However, we cannot imagine something is greater than God since it will have a contradiction to the idea of God as the greatest conceivable being. Therefore, God exists in reality.
Existence is a good thing. Imagining that my future husband will be a better one if he is attentive than if he is not. It will be even better if he exists than if he is not. Since God is the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, it will be greater for Him to exist in reality than not to exist in reality. The existence is a property that makes God the greatest conceivable being.
Furthermore, Anselm’s argument can…

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