Proof for God’s Existence Made by St. Anselm and Discussed in Class

The Basic Argument:

  1. One can imagine a being than which none greater can be conceived.
  2. We know that existence in reality is greater than existence in the mind alone.
  3. If the being we imagine exists only in our mind, then it is not a “being than which none greater can be conceived”.
  4. A being than which none greater can be conceived must also exist in reality.
  5. Failure to exist in reality would be failure to be a being than which none greater can be conceived.
  6. Thus a being than which none greater can be conceived must exist, and we call this being God.

[As found in Anselm’s “Proslogion”      Summary taken from Wikipedia]

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