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. The Appendix of Anselm: Basic Writings contains how many documents?

2. Chapter two has Boso argue that while belief by faith must ___________ belief due to reason, faith should still seek understanding.

3. Souls will be awarded according to what?

4. God must exist. Why?

5. Chapter five maintains that only God could redeem humanity. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be known about the Trinity?

2. What does Gaunilo submit?

3. What is known about each human soul?

4. What do Chapters 4 and 5 argue?

5. What happens when the soul loves God? What happens when a soul hates God?

6. Why is the sacrifice of the God-man so important?

7. What does the Appendix of Anselm: Basic Writings contain?

8. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?

9. Was the God-man born with original sin? How does this affect Him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Christ's life pays God for humanity's sins.

Part 1) How does Christ's life do this? Could anyone else's life be capable of paying for humanity's sins? Why or why not?

Part 2) How important are the facts that Christ had the freedom to sin and died happily to his ability to pay God for mankind's sins? Explain.

Part 3) Why has the world not returned to its original state, as with Adam and Eve, if Christ has paid for mankind's sins?

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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