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

St. Anselm
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Man would never have ________ unless he sinned.

2. The incarnation is the method of God expressing divine ______________.

3. What compels God to complete His original plan?

4. What is the reason that the rational mind was created?

5. They say that Christians do injustice to God by claiming what?

Essay 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

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 3

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?

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