Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. Who or what is this Word?
2. God is defined as the being "than which ______________ can be conceived."
3. Humans were created primarily to do what?
4. Through ________ man suffers in misery.
5. God and His Word bear the same relationship to all creation. Do they sustain these relations separately?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?
2. Was the God-man born with original sin? How does this affect Him?
3. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?
4. Why must humans be saved?
5. What is known about each human soul?
6. Why does Anselm say that only a fool would not believe in God?
7. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?
8. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?
9. Why is Anselm's task of defending the Christian faith not complete?
10. What does Anselm say about the two types of conceivability?
Essay Topic 1
Anselm denies it is a fallacy to deduce the existence of a being in reality to one that exists in the understanding.
Part 1) Do you agree with him? Why or why not? How does he support his belief? Are his points valid? Why or why not?
Part 2) What does this belief reveal about Anselm's beliefs about man's abilities to conceive and understand?
Part 3) Is God, according to Anselm, greater than what one can conceive? Why or why not? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
St. Anselm's project of proving God's existence is a case of "faith seeking understanding."
Part 1) What is meant by this? How does St. Anselm go about seeking this understanding? Is he successful? Why or why not?
Part 2) Might these writings effectively convince a non-believer to believe, or are these writings purely for believers? Why?
Part 3) How important is understanding to having faith in something? Explain.
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