Can The Existence Of God Be Proved A Priori
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Can the existence of God be proved a priori
The existence of God can be proved a priori by a
logical deduction from the concept of God, when we
think about the idea of God we realise that real
existence is an essential part of how we conceive the
idea of God. God therefore necessarily exists so that
it is impossible for him to not exist.
I belive to be necessary to examine Anselm's version
of the ontological argument, in order to answer the
above question, namely whether God's existence can be
proved a priori.
Anselm states that a non believing fool (in the Psalms)
can coceive the idea that God is 'a being than which
none greater can be thought' because he understands it.
Anselm further adds that if this idea could exist not
only in his undestanding but also in reality then that
would be greater. Futhermore we cannot conceive of God
as not existing, becasue that would be less greater
than a being which necessarily exists. In addition t...
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