A Reasonable Faith – The Ontological Argument

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In this video from Reasonable Faith, Anselm’s Ontological Argument is presented. Anselm of Canterbury wrote that God is “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”, and believed that if it’s possible that a ‘maximally great’ being exists, then that being must exist. See what you think.


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igor
January 15, 2019 12:21 am

Firstly we need definitions.

a. define “it is possible that” to mean “in at least one imaginable world”.
b. define “a maximally great being” to mean “a being with maximally great attributes/properties/characteristics, plus existence in all imaginable worlds”.

Then we can look at P1 – “It is possible that a maximally great being exists”.

This becomes “In at least one imaginable world, a being with maximally great attributes/properties/characteristics, plus existence in all imaginable worlds exists”.

Then the argument proceeds to add nothing. So the argument is no more than successive re-stating of P1. The real question is this – where does P1 come from?

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