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

Short Answer Questions

1. God must exist. Why?

2. And any soul that hates God will be __________ for all of time.

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

4. The rational mind is the "mirror and image" of what?

5. How does Gaunilo draw an analogy to God's existence?

Essay 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

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

St. Anselm defines God as the being "than which nothing greater can be conceived."

Part 1) How does he support this definition? Could there be other, better, definitions of God? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this definition support Anselm's other beliefs and claims?

Part 3) What is your own definition of God? How have you come to this definition? What might Anselm think of your definition? Why?

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