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Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares and leave your wearisome toils.
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Consider, that by the term ‘God’, we mean something than by which nothing greater can be thought of. Thus God must exist. For a God thought of that does not really exist is not so great, as one thought that does exist, and since one can clearly think of God and suppose that he exists, then something than which nothing greater can be thought of must be something that exists.
We discussed St. Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence way back in Philosophy 1001 at the Georgia Institute of Technology 25 years ago. The argument has proven to be surprisingly resilient—and even my prof expressed admiration for it. 318 more words
What a wonderful statement to start off with. This reminder of His compassion settles our hearts when we remember His amazing atributes. Anselm started off a paragraph with this sentence, and carried on the theme throughout- telling us that God’s compassion is “So great and so consistent with his holiness, as to be… 99 more words
“With God there is neither necessity nor impossibility..”
This is something Anselm mentioned in his writings. Closely following it was “For all necessity and impossibility is under his control.” Through the struggles of life, we must remember that God has us in His hands. 175 more words
Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo uses a question-answer format that is ideal for pursuing reasons and developing arguments. To better simulate an actual conversation, Anselm asks himself questions through a character of sorts named “Boso.” Usually, a question is asked and then answered in a straightforward fashion; just recently, though, Anselm employed a different method: using Boso’s question to answer itself. 95 more words