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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Does God have beginning and/or end?
2. There must be an ideal by which to do what?
3. Can two objects both possess goodness, but to differing degrees?
4. Anselm begins the Proslogium in the preface by stating his dissatisfaction with _______________ and his rationale for writing the Proslogium.
5. Who or what is this Word?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Chapter 6 maintain?
2. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?
3. What challenge is raised in Chapter 16 of the Monologium?
4. Can God, according to Anselm, create from nothing?
5. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?
6. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?
7. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?
8. What does Chapter 15 argue?
9. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?
10. What does Chapter 5 argue?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
St. Anselm prays to God that his work will reveal the truth.
Part 1) Why does he make this prayer? What does this reveal about him?
Part 2) In your opinion, s St. Anselm's prayer answered? Why or why not? Can prayer make one's actions and thoughts absolutely correct? Why or why not?
Part 3) What truth, if any, do Anselm's writings provide?
Essay Topic 2
Christ's life pays God for humanity's sins.
Part 1) How does Christ's life do this? Could anyone else's life be capable of paying for humanity's sins? Why or why not?
Part 2) How important are the facts that Christ had the freedom to sin and died happily to his ability to pay God for mankind's sins? Explain.
Part 3) Why has the world not returned to its original state, as with Adam and Eve, if Christ has paid for mankind's sins?
Essay Topic 3
God is perfectly just, yet He forgives sinners and has mercy on them.
Part 1) How does Anselm prove that God is perfectly just? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Part 2) Why does Anselm see a contradiction between being just and showing mercy? What does this reveal about him and his culture?
Part 3) How might this contradiction in God compare to gods of other cultures? How does this support Anselm's love of God?
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