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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. He gives the famous counterexample of what?
2. Chapters three through eight discuss the ___________ of the "infidels" to the theory of the atonement.
3. Can we truly understand the nature of the Trinity?
4. The soul's efforts must be directed towards what?
5. From where does God's compulsion come to complete his original plan?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Anselm outline to prepare the reader for Book II?
2. How is the Greatest Conceivable Island compared to God?
3. What happens when the soul loves God? What happens when a soul hates God?
4. What can be known about the Trinity?
5. Why must humans be saved?
6. What do Chapters 3 through 8 discuss?
7. What do Chapters 4 and 5 argue?
8. What is Gaunilo's argument?
9. What is the rational mind?
10. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Anselm argues that, despite the fact that we cannot truly understand the nature of the Trinity, we should believe in it.
Part 1) Why can one not truly understand the Trinity? Why should one believe in it, even though he or she does not understand it?
Part 2) Is this lack of understanding and need to believe anyway exist in other aspects of Christianity? If so, give an example. If not, why not?
Part 3) In what do you believe? Do you have complete understanding of this? Why or why not?
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
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?
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