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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 believes that his project of proving God's existence is a case of "________ seeking understanding."

2. The first man, Adam, discarded a state of unity with God which was __________ to keep.

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

4. God's conception of Himself and His relation to the world is The Word that has always existed where?

5. God is defined as the being "than which ______________ can be conceived."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Can God, according to Anselm, create from nothing?

3. How is God a substance? What does Anselm have to say about God as a substance?

4. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

5. What does Chapter 5 argue?

6. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?

7. To what is God identical?

8. Give an example showing why God must exist.

9. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

10. What does Anselm say about God's properties as Father and Son?

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

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 3

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.

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