St. Anselm: Basic Writings Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

St. Anselm
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• Anselm states his rationale for writing the Proslogium. He believes that his project of proving God's existence is a case of "faith seeking understanding."

• Chapter 1 transitions into an exhortation to believers and a prayer to God that his work will reveal the truth.

• The mind was created to contemplate God and see only Him. Through sin, man lost this vision and now suffers in misery.

• Chapter 2 points out that only a fool would not believe in God. Chapter 3 is a sketch of Anselm's argument and claim that God possesses all the properties that could make a being great.

• In Chapter 4, Anselm distinguishes two types of conceivability, that when one conceives of the name of a thing that it exists and the second type being an all-things-considered conceivability.
• In Chapter 5, Anselm explains the concept of God, and Chapter 6 argues that God can perceive without having a body.

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