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St. Anselm
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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. Chapter forty-nine begins the explanation of the third element of the Trinity. What is this third element?

2. Chapter seventeen reiterates what about God?

3. Anselm knows what he believes, but he also wants to know what?

4. Does God derive His existence through nothing?

5. Chapter thirty-six explains that God creates and knows His creation in what kind of manner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Anselm say that only a fool would not believe in God?

2. How is Chapter 4 connected to Chapters 1 and 2?

3. What does Anselm say about God's eternality and omnipresence?

4. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

5. What does Anselm say about God's properties as Father and Son?

6. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

7. To what is God identical?

8. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

9. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

10. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

St. Anselm defines God as the being "than which nothing greater can be conceived."

Part 1) How does he support this definition? Could there be other, better, definitions of God? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this definition support Anselm's other beliefs and claims?

Part 3) What is your own definition of God? How have you come to this definition? What might Anselm think of your definition? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Anselm disputes Gaunilo's island example.

Part 1) What is Gaunilo's island example? Why does Anselm dispute it?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm or Gaunilo regarding the "lost island?" Why?

Part 3) What is the connection between Anselm's beliefs about Gaunilo's "lost island" and one's ability to conceive?

Essay Topic 3

Man was initially made holy so that he could enjoy God.

Part 1) What else could not take place if man had remained sinless? Why? Is it possible for a man to be born and to remain sinless? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does Anselm say about God's original plan? Does he still continue along this plan? Why or why not? How does Jesus play into this original plan?

Part 3) What is the connection between this discussion of God's original plan the end of the plan, and the Trinity? What does all this reveal and clarify about the Christian faith?

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