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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 thirty argues that the expression of God consists of only one what?

2. Some being had to __________ being.

3. In chapter seven, Anselm argues that God is not only omnipotent but incapable of certain things. What can He not do?

4. Chapters eighteen through twenty-four describe God's what?

5. God expresses Himself through a "____________ Word."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?

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

4. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

5. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

6. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

7. What does Chapter 5 argue?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Christ was not compelled to offer himself to die.

Part 1) How does Anselm attempt to prove this statement? Is he successful? Why or why not? How is this important in setting up Book 2 of the Cur Deus Homo?

Part 2) What else does Anselm say to set up Book 2? Why does he say this? How does it prepare the reader for Book 2?

Part 3) What have you learned about the Christian faith through Cur Deus Homo? Do you agree with what Anselm has to say? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

St. Anselm believes only a fool would not believe in God.

Part 1) Why does he believe this? Does he support this belief with valid responses and hard evidence? Explain.

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not? What does this belief reveal about Anselm?

Part 3) How might Anselm's upbringing and culture influence this belief?

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