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Anselm The Ontological Argument A convincing proof to Gods existence Anselms definition of God starts by saying that God is the greatest being we can possibly think of and he argues that there is absolutely no doubt that Gods presence is certain He uses the ontological argument proposing that if God could be thought of and perceived then God has to exist His first argument is that God is that-than-which-none-greater-can-be-conceived Anselm argues that if there was a being that nothing greater could be conceived to exist that it cannot even be conceived not to exist then this being has to be God He tries to prove that not only does God exist in the mind but also in reality because God is something that can be conceived so God must exist He continues to say that a fool would say that the concept of this beings existence is only in his mind and in the mind of others but not in reality The fool understands what he hears and what he understands exists in his understanding of a being that-than-which-none-greater-can-be-conceived only exists in his understanding and not in reality He says that the fool denies Gods existence but to deny the existence means that the fool has an idea of God This idea is in his understanding alone and not in reality but according to Anselm this can not be true If the idea was only in the understanding then there could be something greater than that-than-which-none-greater-can-be-conceived As in something else which existed both in the understanding and reality and it would be something greater than that-than-which-none-greater-can-be-conceived Anselm says that since this is contradictory therefore God must exist One problem with Anselms proof is that he defines God but he does not clearly identify him In order to identify him we would have to carefully define great and then look for the greatest thing that we can identify Of course everybody defines great
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