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Philosophy as defined by our required text is said to be the love of wisdom It is the search for the larger picture the demand for knowledge There are many questions in philosophy many involving the subject of religion Does God exist Should we believe in God Is belief in God justified These are just some of the questions attempted to be answered in philosophy Every philosopher has a different opinion on the existence of GodSt Anselm 1033-1109 was a Benedictine monk his philosophical views were very much influenced by Plato Mavrodes 26 His greatest works were Monologium Proslogium Cur Dues Homo St Anselm had many views on God and religion but instead of asking if God existed he asks if the nonexistence of God was conceivable Mavrodes 26 To proof this statement he followed it up with several statements such as Truly there is a God although the fool hath said in his heart there is no God In addition God cannot be conceived not to exist God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived That which can be conceived not to exist is not God This is also known as the ontological argument St Anselm argued that if there was a being that nothing greater could be conceived to exist that it cannot even be conceived not to exist then this being has to be God Therefore God must exist St Thomas Aquinas 1226-1274 belonged as a member to the Dominican Order as a university lecturer He wrote a lot and of those many works his principal ones were Summa Theologica which is said to be the most comprehensive official theological statement of the Roman Catholic Church and the Summa Contra Gentiles Mavrodes 42 Aquinas also believed in the existence of God with this he formulated five proofs of Gods existence Of this the most widely known is the cosmological argument this states that everything must be caused or created from
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