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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. Is God properly listed among common substances?

2. Chapters twenty-five through twenty-nine discuss the fact that God is an unchanging ____________.

3. Humans were created primarily to do what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anselm outline to prepare the reader for Book II?

2. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

3. How is the Greatest Conceivable Island compared to God?

4. How and why does God lack feelings of emotions? Of what else is he also incapable?

5. What can be known about the Trinity?

6. For what have Christians been ridiculed? What is Anselm's response to this?

7. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

8. What does Chapter 5 argue?

9. What is Gaunilo's argument?

10. What does Anselm say about the essence of both Father and Son?

Essay Topics

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

Anselm concludes that he has shown how the core ideas of the Old and New Testaments are true.

Part 1) Give four ways that Anselm has shown the Bible to be true.

Part 2) Could Anselm be disputed? Why or why not? What do these core ideas and Anselm's interpretation of them reveal about the church?

Part 3) How have these core ideas influenced our culture as a whole? Is this good? 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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