2.3 Notes.docx - Lecture Ontological branch of metaphysics Aimed at existence or being Because it pertains to the very nature of God Attempts to prove

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Lecture Ontological: branch of metaphysics Aimed at existence or being Because it pertains to the very nature of God Attempts to prove Gods exists by definition The being of God, the nature of God, demonstrates god necessary existence Ontological Arguments Anselm Believed in God by faith Longed for reasons for believers Harmony between faith and Reason Not meant to convince someone to believe in God Argument to give intellectual satisfaction to those who already believe A deductive argument: produces a conclusion that must be accepted Relies solely on definitions and principals not facts or experience Based on definitions the originator thinks everyone would accept Anselm defines God as that than witch none greater can be thought or conceived The greatest possible being If God is, would God be God if God didn’t exist in the world in reality If God was only a definition in the mind than God wouldn’t be God, he wouldn’t be the greater being This is a reduction – trying to get people to see the absurdity to denying Gods existence
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Deckart God has all perfections Existence is a perfection therefore God exists Gonalo Objected to the above argument of Anselm although he believed in God, he was a Monk Fideism: Doctrine that knowledge depends on faith or revelation One does not need to prove the existence of God to believe in God
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