• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain Anselm ontological argument

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

One argument used to rationally support the existence of God is the ontological argument. There are many forms of ontological arguments, but I'll only use a few different versions here, each one mainly derived from Anselm's approach. St Anslem was said to be the most influential thinker of the medieval Europe. Anselm's argument for the existence of God and is said to be a classic ontological argument. An ontological argument is a priori argument as it attempts to gather that God exists only by the use of intellectual insight and reasons. ...read more.

Middle

According to Anslem, everyone has some idea of God in their understanding. He says that God has to exist in both reality and in the idea in the mind. For example like a unicorn, we have a picture in our mind but they don't really exist, and if God is 'that then which nothing greater can be conceived' unime the unicorn, it has to exist in reality or there would be a disagreement. In the second argument Anslem says that God cannot be conceived not to exits. He believes this because God that cannot be thought not to exist is greater than anything that can be thought not to exist. ...read more.

Conclusion

To say "God does not exist" would be a contradiction as God is, "that than which nothing greater can be conceived" and so God has to have existence. When one of the Anslem's arguments is criticised by Gaunilo with his argument, On Behalf of the Fool, Anslem's replies and say that anyone can think of a perfect island but this does not mean it has to exist, whereas God is unique. Also Anslem argues that only Gid has all perfections and so the argument an only relate to God. Anslem also believed that God is a necessary being (one which cannot not be) not a contingent being. He concludes by saying that God has a necessary existence and is unreasonable to think that he is not. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Practical Questions section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Practical Questions essays

  1. Consider the arguments for and against paid organ donation.

    We do not know whether this is the case because we cannot prove whether these religious teachings are correct! Lastly, we cannot prove whether it is possible or not to value an organ by induction; unless you looked at what people in the illegal trade are willing to pay or

  2. Explain what you think is the strongest objection to this argument. Next, explain what ...

    when they acted that made actively killing as wrong as passively letting die. I believe that Rachel wrote a very good essay, and that his point was made clear, but there were some loops on it in which you could hold on to "reject" his arguments and specially in the

  1. Evaluate Korsgaard's discussion of the Universalizability Argument. In what ways does she conform with ...

    The moral identity is the universal ethical self. With the moral law, one should identify with his principles of choice and not with his impulses and desires. And to determine whether an impulse is a reason is whether one can will acting on that impulse as a law.

  2. Explain Aquinass cosmological argument

    Given infinite time, there must have been a time when all contingent things did not exist as nothing can come from nothing and yet things exist now. From this he concluded that there must have been a being outside time and space to bring things into existence therefore its existence is necessary.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work