- Created by: Kellie Wyatt
- Created on: 13-05-11 11:36
Ontological argument - Arguments for the existence of God beginning with the concept of God and making claims about the world based on it. Based on a priori reasoning.
- God is 'that than which nothing greater can be conceived'
- Even the fool who says 'God doesn't exist'
- Existence must be a part of God's greatness, therefore...
God Must Exist
1. GOD IS: That which nothing greater can be conceived
2. GOD: Exists in the mind
3. GOD: Exists in reality
4. If a concept in your mind could be real it could be greater
5. Suppose God only exists in the mind
6. GOD: Could have been greater than he is
7. A greater being than God is possible
8. A greater being than that than which nothing greater can be conceived is possible?
10. FALSE: That God exists in the mind
11. GOD: Exists in reality
"Imagine an island of which no greater could be conceived"
Contingency - Dependant/Doesn't have to be true
Necessity - Necessary for God to exist because there must be a greatest possible being
"Existence can no more be separated from the essence of God than can its having 3 angles equal to 2 right angles be separated from the essence of a triangle"
- To think of a triangle you have to think of 3 sides and 3 angles.
- But this is irrelevant to whether they exist or not.
- Existence can be added to them, but their concept is the same.
God is perfect and if he did not exist he would lack perfection.
Therefore existence is a property of a perfect being.
Existence is not a part of God's concept. To say that 'God…