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To asses the strengths of the Ontological Argument for Gods existence we firstly need to understand what it entails The Ontological Argument looks at proof A Priori which is Analytical truth reason based proof This can be explained by saying 112 We know this to be true as it is based on reasoning and is a logical statement This can be seen as a strength of the Ontological Argument the fact that it is logical and rational It deals with knowledge gained independently of experience innate knowledge It does not use any external evidence it simply uses the definition of the word God It therefore claims that if you understand what God is then you understand that he must exist St Anselm an Archbishop of Canterbury first proposed the Ontological Argument in his book Proslogian according to Anselm both theists and atheists have a definition of God if only for atheists to dismiss his existence Therefore Anselm claims God exists in the mind This could be considered a strength of the Ontological Argument for Gods existence The fact that if you use the word God then you yourself must have an understanding of the meaning of the word To use the word we show we have an idea of God which exists in our minds However existing in the mind is one thing but to exist in reality is another Lord not only are You that then which nothing greater can be conceived but you are also something greater than can be conceived St Anselm Proslogion As Anselm states above God is that which nothing greater can be conceived therefore not only must he exist in the mind but in reality This is because it is greater to exist in reality than simply in the mind There is strength in this point as what Anselm is saying is true It is greater to exist in reality that in the mind alone For
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