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Saint Anselms line of reasoning in his argument for the existence of God is clear and simple He clearly sets forth the idea that if God is so great than no greater being can be thought of or conceived For one who already believes in God this argument is meaningful and easy to accept yet for the non-believer difficulties in acceptance can be overcome by St Anselms philosophical statements set forth in the Proslogion Saint Anselm brings to light the belief that we are all created in Gods image yet we are so marked by sin that even though we are his image we can never be as great as him In relation to this St Anselm points out that he does not even attempt to attain the greatness of God and that humans can attain fulfillment through believing and understanding Gods greatness This leads to the ontological argument where St Anselm professes what he believes and understands He proves this to the non-believer in his references to than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-thought statements and how even a fool can mentally conceive even though he does not understand yet the impossibility of than-which-nothing-greater-cannot-be-thought is reason for Gods real existence Additionally St Anselm provides if that-than-which-a-greater-cannot-be-thought can be thought not to exist that-than-which-a-greater-cannot-be-thought is not the same as that-than-which-a-greater-cannot-be-thought which is absurd Furthermore St Anselm returns to that-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-thought Here St Anselm reminds us that understanding this statement alone does not necessarily mean that we have total knowledge of God Instead it means that God is greater than any idea we have about him this does not mean that the argument is false only that it is always possible to comprehend something greater than we already can comprehend Problems may arise with St Anselms giving positive attributes of God simply that whenever you have a concrete example of a positive attribute it is all the easier to come up with the negative attribute Saint Anselm describes God as both merciful and
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