St. Anselm: Basic Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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. Chapter one informs the reader that Christians have been ridiculed for their theory of the atonement, particularly for what idea?

2. There is no contradiction between any two statements about the Trinity; thus, we can understand how it is what?

3. What is the purpose of Gaunilo's piece?

4. The rational mind is the closest method of approaching who or what?

5. To what is Gaunilo's piece a response?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be known about the Trinity?

2. What do Chapters 3 through 8 discuss?

3. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

4. In what should we believe?

5. How will souls be rewarded?

6. What is the purpose of Cur Deus Homo? How do you know this? Describe this book.

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

8. Why is Anselm's task of defending the Christian faith not complete?

9. What do Chapters 1, 2, and 3 explain?

10. What is known about each human soul?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm disputes Gaunilo's island example.

Part 1) What is Gaunilo's island example? Why does Anselm dispute it?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm or Gaunilo regarding the "lost island?" Why?

Part 3) What is the connection between Anselm's beliefs about Gaunilo's "lost island" and one's ability to conceive?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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