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Chapter 2 That God truly exists First 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 Anselms statement essentially means that it is not possible to think of being 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 exist Next 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 touch see smell hear or taste something in reality it exists Existence in the mind is harder to understand for some because many people only believe what they see St Anselm gives a beautiful illustration of how he can prove that something can exist in the mind and also in reality He gives us the example of a painter before the painter paints a picture in his mind he has an understanding of what the painting will look like After the painter has made the painting the painter will believe it exists in his mind for he had the vision of the painting before he performed it and in reality because now he can see the painting with his own eyes Now St Anselm has proven two things God is that which nothing greater can be conceived and it is greater to exist than not exist Given you already know that something can exist in the mind as well as in reality you are now fully ready to understand St Anselms ontological argument Which is as follows God is by definition the greatest being possible A being who
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