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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. In chapter forty-one we discover that God "begets" in the most perfect and true way but is also __________ in the most perfect and true way.

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

3. This being is the best of all beings for what reason?

4. Men should not expect to understand Him until he has lived with his belief for how long?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

3. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

4. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

5. To what is God identical?

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

7. How are Chapters 1 and 2 prefigure the ontological argument and also are importantly different?

8. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

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

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

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

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

Anselm explains how Christ was free to sin but was sinless and died and suffered happily.

Part 1) How and why was he free to sin? Why did he not sin? What does this reveal about sin?

Part 2) Are humans able to be sinless and die happily? Why or why not? How different would the world be if this occurred in man today?

Part 3) Is sin a choice? Can sin be avoided? How much control does one have over his or her actions and emotions?

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