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Almost everyone at some particular point in his or her life has challenged the existence of God This may happen for a number of reasons For example he or she might have been at a point in their life when their faith alone was just not enough for them to believe Humans have a natural instinct to find reasons for events that cant be explained For some the existence of God may help give them the answers they are looking for Philosophers spend a great deal of their time trying to prove or to disprove the existence of God One philosopher that confronted Gods existence was Anselm Anselm was the Archbishop of Canterbury and was a very influential philosopher between Augustine and Aquinas He proposed his argument for Gods existence His ontological argument is based on the thought of God as the highest being Anselms argument is different from other philosophers simply because of its premise He saw a need for a precise logical philosophy as a way for making faith mature not as a substitute for faith Because Anselm already believed in God he was only looking for rational support for this belief Therefore Anselms method of proving Gods existence is called Faith seeking understanding He proclaims I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe but I believe in order that I may understand Stumpf 372-372 Anselm had to believe in God in order to support his own rational for Gods existence To help prove his belief Anslem he uses his mind He claims Now we believe that You are something than which nothing greater can be thought He then questions Does this something than which nothing greater can be thought really exist Stumpf 373 Anselm also sites Psalm 131 which reads The fool has said in his heart There is no God When a fool hears the question Does this something than which nothing greater can be thought really
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