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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. Chapters one through six describe the relationship of God to what?

2. The expression of God is identical with _______.

3. This ideal of goodness must be ____________ goodness.

4. This _________ contains all ideals; this being is God.

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? What does Anselm have to say about God as a substance?

2. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

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

4. What does Chapter 15 argue?

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

6. Give an example showing why God must exist.

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

8. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

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

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

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.

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

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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