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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 argues that the argument in number 47 is what?

2. Does God have beginning and/or end?

3. God's compassion and justice are compatible because through __________________, God will make the wicked good and thus worthy of forgiveness.

4. To be God is to be what?

5. Chapter thirty-six explains that God creates and knows His creation in what kind of manner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

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

3. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

4. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

5. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

6. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

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

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

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

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

Man was initially made holy so that he could enjoy God.

Part 1) What else could not take place if man had remained sinless? Why? Is it possible for a man to be born and to remain sinless? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does Anselm say about God's original plan? Does he still continue along this plan? Why or why not? How does Jesus play into this original plan?

Part 3) What is the connection between this discussion of God's original plan the end of the plan, and the Trinity? What does all this reveal and clarify about the Christian faith?

Essay Topic 3

In the Monologium, Anselm describes and derives God's other properties.

Part 1) What are these other properties? What does Anselm have to say about them? How are they connected to Anselm's beliefs and previously-discussed points?

Part 2) Why was deriving God's existence an important first property to derive? Was Anselm successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two questions you would like to ask about Anselm's deriving of God's properties? How might he answer you? Use the text to support your response.

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