Arguments For The Existance Of God

Basic notes on the 4 arguments for the existence of god

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Ontological Argument

Key People : St. Anselm & Gaunilo
A Priori argument

The argument ..
1) God can be defined a something that which 'Nothing greater can be conceived'
2) We can all conceive a perfect being in our minds however we can conceive a greater being that exists in the mind and in reality
3) Existing in reality and in the mind is greater then only existing in the mind
4) God must exist in the mind and reality as he is described as something that which ' Nothing greater can be perceived'

Gaunilo rejected this idea, he came up with the perfect island. He states that we can all imagine the perfect island in our mind but that doesn't make it exist in reality just because it has all perfections in the mind.

Anselm responded to Gaunilo's criticism, he stated that it doesn't work for things with contingent existence such as an island but only works for things wih necessary existence (Things that don't rely on others to exist)

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Cosmological Argument

Key People: Aquinas, Coppleston, Russell, David Hume & Immanuel Kant
A posteriori  argument

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it would be good if you finished

Janet Mathias


You only began, would you complete the argument!

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