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The quandary of the existence of God has troubled mankind for thousands of years The existence of God was once never denied as His presence His existence was evident in miracles and the peoples faith But time and the advancement of modern science have called God and His very nature into question The Perfect Being has become the source of much doubt and controversy What was once certain and surely unquestionable has become the most questioned The faithful believing people have become unsure Often called the father of modern philosophy the father of modern thought Rene Descartes chose to take up the proof of the existence of God in his Meditations on First Philosophy Descartes proves the existence of God using an ontological argument one aimed at understanding the existence the essence the being of God Saint Anselm of Canterbury also makes the existence of God evident using the ontological proof Following the natural flow of both arguments Descartes philosophical theory on the existence of God is clearly connected to and based upon Anselms theory At times it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins Descartes makes the same logical constructions albeit in a different order to arrive at Anselms argument the God exists Saint Anselm approaches the existence of God using the mind and thought He supposes that God is something-than-which-nothing-greater-can-be-thought This something is the highest possible object of thought nothing is greater or more perfect Anselm then quickly moves to the possibility that this something may or may not exist He quotes Psalm 131 the Fool has said in his heart There is no God But Anselm does not reference sacred scripture to deny the existence of God Instead Anselm makes the argument that God must exist For when the Fool hears and takes in the concept of something than which nothing greater can be thought he surely must understand what this concept means The Fool understands
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