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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. Why is the answer to number 33 this type of goodness?

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

3. Men should not expect to understand Him until he has lived with his belief for how long?

4. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God"follows what Gospel?

5. This being is the best of all beings for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Anselm say about the essence of both Father and Son?

3. What does Chapter 15 argue?

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

7. To what is God identical?

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

9. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

10. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God exists necessarily.

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How does this support Anselm's belief in one God?

Part 2) How does this aspect of God make him, in a sense, unapproachable? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 3) How is God's existence also in need of unity? Why?

Essay Topic 2

God is passionless, according to St. Anselm.

Part 1) How is passionless? Does he contain compassion? Why or why not? Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not?

Part 2) Is it a positive thing that God is passionless? Why or why not?

Part 3) Have you been passionless in your life? If so, when and why? How did it affect your actions? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The argument in the Monologium is importantly different from the Proslogium.

Part 1) What is the argument in each of these? How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) Why are these differences important? What do these differences reveal about God and everything in existence?

Part 3) How is this argument meant to help mankind? How might it help you?

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