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Explain the Ontological

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Introduction

Explain the Ontological Argument The Ontological argument was one of the very first to be proposed to prove the existence of 'God' as it was written in the middle ages. Put forward by St Anselm, it bases the argument around his logic and reason. Although we are in a decade where scientific technology is at its best, the ideology still fascinates many today. Anselm wanted people to understand and recognise his belief that Gods existence could be proved through thought. In his book "Proslogian" he describes God as "being than which no greater can be conceived". At the time of conception, Christianity was very popular and thought to be the way of life. Anselm argued that as God was the greatest thought any being could have, is existence was undeniable. The thought was that of utopia and thus must be true. Many believed his theory although it did not have any empirical or analytical evidence. ...read more.

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Repetitive questions build up frustration within the reader, "He was rich, we are beggars". Here Anselm refers to "the fall" and argues that we are baring Adams sin (story of how we first cam eto being, The Bible) and due to Adams misconduct a distance was created between man and God. At the end of chapter one, he outlines the whole basis of his argument "unless I believe I shall not understand", stating that he already believes in God, but those who do not will not understand. This also suggests ignorance to the minority of those who were not Christian and gives them a 'less intelligent' demeanour. Anselm centres his argument on the basis of God being the greatest thought man can think and imagine, "And indeed we believe you are something greater than which cannot be thought". His statement actually shows how he believes God is not a thought but real. ...read more.

Conclusion

Anselm counterattacked this by the simple fact that we are able to compare God to objects and matter, therefore it means it is the greatest thought you can have, thus he must exist. Throughout Proslogian, within the ontological argument, Anselm supposes that it is impossible for anybody to think a thought greater than God, he believes that everyone's greatest though is God and he fails to see how some individuals may have differing opinions. He believes that what exists in our minds must exist in reality. However, does that mean, if we think of something perfectious, it definitely exists? Perfection is subjective and everybody has different views on what they find perfectious. . Anselm and most people of his time had a similar view of God, they believed in the God of Classical Theism, but nowadays, people have different interpretations of God so does that mean all our interpretations are reality? Thus it can be said that the ontological argument doesn't help us understand God, but simply raises more questions. ...read more.

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