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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. Acquiring accidents is a process of ___________.

2. Should the believer, once God has rescued him, question his belief?

3. This ideal of goodness must be ____________ goodness.

4. God's compassion and justice are compatible because through __________________, God will make the wicked good and thus worthy of forgiveness.

5. Chapters one and two argue that a being which is "best, and greatest and highest of all existing beings" _________ exist.

Short Essay Questions

1. How and why does God lack feelings of emotions? Of what else is he also incapable?

2. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

3. How does Anselm explain that God creates from nothing but that everything, in a sense, already exists?

4. What does Anselm say about existence and the creation of beings?

5. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

6. What is the "Word?" How does Anselm come to explain this?

7. What challenge is raised in Chapter 16 of the Monologium?

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

9. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

10. To what is God identical?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm argues that, despite the fact that we cannot truly understand the nature of the Trinity, we should believe in it.

Part 1) Why can one not truly understand the Trinity? Why should one believe in it, even though he or she does not understand it?

Part 2) Is this lack of understanding and need to believe anyway exist in other aspects of Christianity? If so, give an example. If not, why not?

Part 3) In what do you believe? Do you have complete understanding of this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

St. Anselm explains the concept of God.

Part 1) What is the concept of God? How does he support this concept?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm's concept of God? Why or why not? Does understanding the concept of God force one to believe in Him? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other main points that Anselm explains about God? How are they each related to the concept of God?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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