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The Ontological Argument is convincing

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"The Ontological Argument is convincing" (10) Anselm's defined God as being "that than which nothing greater can be conceived". If we thought of �1000 pounds on a table the idea of it is far more inferior to actually having a �1000 in existence. So if we apply this to God, being the greatest thing in which nothing else surpasses him, to avoid being self-contradictory, must exist in reality because anything in the mind is inferior to that in reality. So God must exist to meet our definition. ...read more.


So, it must exist in reality. However, there is no such island in reality. Gaunilo states that we cannot bring an object into existence by defining it as superior. However, this was seen as a weak, invalid argument to Anselm. Anselm said that Gaunilo's argument is illogical because God has a different kind of existence. Anselm's first argument was that an island can always be made greater (for example: another tree or beach), but God cannot be made any better because he already has those characteristics included. ...read more.


By imaging this perfect God, we are putting a limit on him no longer making him God. If he isn't God then he isn't the greatest thing that can be conceived. At this point Anselm's argument is slightly unconvincing. Weighing up the arguments, I think that overall Anselm's argument is still convincing despite the fact there is an argument that makes it unconvincing. The general overall argument is convincing because it is logical to think that God is the greatest thing that can be thought of and to agree with our statement, "that than which nothing greater can be conceived" he must exist in reality. ...read more.

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