The Ontological Argument: The Existence Of God
The question of whether God exists or not is a difficult question to answer because there is no definite proof to prove He exists. It has been such a controversial topic that to this day there is still no universally accepted answer. A scientific point of view and a religious point of view, both have their own reasons and speculations and although some points are mutually accepted, there is no mutual answer to this question. A great majority in the scientific side will believe God does not exist while the religious side disagrees and vice versa as long as both sides have no solid proof. By a solid proof, I mean something where people can clearly see that it is in fact proof of God’s existence. Words, speculations, and thoughts alone will never fully convince a person as there will always be doubt in the back of their …show more content…
However we can use a philosophical point of view to come up with an answer. The philosophical argument used to prove the existence of God is called the Ontological Argument written by St. Anselm. Through the use of deductive reasoning, the Ontological Argument has persuaded me for the existence of God.
Although Anselm is already biased due to being an Archbishop, his argument revolves around a definition of God which is universally accepted and in terms which we can all understand. Establishing this definition was necessary because every individual has their own idea and definition of what God is. If Anselm did not establish a definition, we would end up using our definition of God in his argument of God which could result in confusion. Establishing a definition was also important to whom he calls fools that do not have their own definition of God and therefore have no understanding whatsoever of God. The definition Anselm presents is “something than which nothing greater be thought” (Anselm). We cannot conclude anything definite from this definition as people