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PHI 110 Dr. Moen 10-24-07 Is the ontological argument for God’s existence sound? The ontological argument presented by St. Anselm is an argument in which he lays out steps to prove that God exists. During the steps, he believes that the non-believer gets caught up in contradiction, therefore proving that God exists. His argument is as follows: 1. God is a being than which no greater can be conceived. 2. If someone can understand that concept (that something than which nothing greater can be conceived) God exists in that person’s “understanding” 3. It’s greater to exist in reality than in the understanding alone. (For example, if x exists in the understanding and y exists in reality, y is greater than x) 4. The fool accepts the concept that God is a being than which no greater can be conceived therefore He exists in the understanding of the fool. (Stemming from reason 2) 5. We can suppose, as the fool does, that God exists only in the fools understanding but not in reality. 6. We can conceive that the concept of God is at least capable of being entertained, or thought about. 7.
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