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Throughout history It has been man kinds quest to find a proof of the existence of God Even today religious archeologist plunder the Earth looking for Noahs Ark The Ark of the Covenant or the site Jesus Christ was thought to have been buried These men and women are searching for artifacts to prove the existence of God to people who believe there is no God Many people however do not need artifacts to prove Gods existence they have faith and like St Anselm of Canterbury believe that God is the greatest of all conceivable things nothing else can be thought to exist greater than God St Anselm states that he wants to find a proof of God not because he does not believe in God but because he believes in God he wants proof of his belief This means he is not searching for proof for his own sake for he already believes God exists he is searching for proof for his beliefs sake He believes he was put on Earth to find God and he has not yet accomplished what he is searching for Knowing this St Anselm sets up an ontological argument to prove the existence of GodFirst of all to fully understand this perplexing argument you must strongly believe the definition of God St Anselm gives which is as followed God is something that which nothing greater can be conceived This means that no one can think of anything that is greater than God Even if a person does not believe that God exists as long as the person believes this definition of God St Anselm can prove the existence of God The second idea you must believe in order to fully understand the argument is it is greater to exist than not to existNext St Anselm describes two kinds of existence existence in the mind and existence in reality Existence in reality is very easy to believe If you can
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