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Book Title: Monologion and Proslogion with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm|
Date of issue: February 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780872202979
The author of the book: Anselm of Canterbury
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.32 MB
Edition: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Read full description of the books Monologion and Proslogion with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm:The Proslogion (also spelled Proslogium; English translation of title: Discourse on the Existence of God), written in 1077-1078, was an attempt by the medieval cleric Anselm to prove beyond contention the existence of god.
Anselm wrote this discourse, not from the perspective of an attempt to convince non-Christians of the truth of Christianity, but rather from the perspective of a believer seeking a rationale for faith. His original title for the discourse was Faith Seeking Understanding. The Proslogion is the source for Anselm's famous, highly controversial ontological argument for the existence of god--that is, the argument in favor of god's existence by definition. While opinions concerning the ontological argument vary widely, it is generally agreed that the argument is most convincing to Anselm's intended audience, Christian believers seeking a rational basis for their beliefs.
The Argument--Dr. Scott H. Moore:
"One can imagine a being than which none greater can be conceived.
We know that existence in reality is greater than existence in the mind alone. If the being we imagine exists only in our mind, then it is not a "being than which none greater can be conceived". A being than which none greater can be conceived must also exist in reality. Failure to exist in reality would be failure to be a being than which none greater can be conceived. Thus a being than which none greater can be conceived must exist, & we call this being god."
Read information about the authorSaint Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033 - 1109), also called Anselm of Aosta after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec after his monastery, was a Benedictine monk, philosopher, and prelate of the Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he has been a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and the satisfaction theory of atonement.
He entered the Benedictine order at the Abbey of Bec at the age of 27, where he became abbot in 1079. He became Archbishop of Canterbury under William II of England. He was exiled from England from 1097 to 1100, and again from 1105 to 1107 (under Henry I of England), as a result of the investiture controversy, the most significant conflict between Church and state in Medieval Europe. Anselm was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1720 by a Papal Bull of Pope Clement XI. His feast day is April 21.
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