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

2. God's idea of Himself is equivalent to what?

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

4. When we compare two objects, we must implicitly rely on what?

5. Does God derive His existence through nothing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

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

3. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

4. What set of problems does Chapter 9 of the Proslogium introduced? How does Chapter 10 add to this?

5. What does Anselm say about the two types of conceivability?

6. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

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

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

9. How does Jesus derive existence from God? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm concludes that he has shown how the core ideas of the Old and New Testaments are true.

Part 1) Give four ways that Anselm has shown the Bible to be true.

Part 2) Could Anselm be disputed? Why or why not? What do these core ideas and Anselm's interpretation of them reveal about the church?

Part 3) How have these core ideas influenced our culture as a whole? Is this good? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The expression of God consists of only one "Word."

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How is this "Word" a thing, according to Anselm? How is the "Word" like "Himself?"

Part 2) How does the "Word" create the world? What is the connection between the "Word" and Jesus Christ?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this belief regarding the "Word?" Does Anselm well-support this belief? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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