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Proofs for the Existence of God: St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas Anselm of Canterbury

Proofs for the Existence of God: St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas

Anselm of Canterbury

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St. Anselm’s motto credo ut intelligam (“I believe so that I may understand”) reflected his intention to explain faith in God through reason. St. Anselm achieved fame for his ontological argument that proves the existence of God: We understand God toMoreSt. Anselm’s motto credo ut intelligam (“I believe so that I may understand”) reflected his intention to explain faith in God through reason. St. Anselm achieved fame for his ontological argument that proves the existence of God: We understand God to be the greatest possible being, ‘that of which nothing can be greater.’ But a God who exists only in our minds isn’t as great as one who is in our minds and also who exists in reality. Since God is, by definition, the greatest possible being, he must exist in our minds and in reality.From this premise, Saint Anselm proceeds first to give a proof by reductio ad absurdum, also called indirect proof or proof by contradiction.It took St. Thomas about ten years to write the Summa Theologica, indisputably the greatest work of Christian doctrine. Although originally written for the “instruction of beginners,” over the years, the material has become serious study for intellectuals, theologians, and philosophers.Yet everyone may benefit from its reading- that is, a reading that is patient, engaging, and recurring. The voluminous work is divided into questions and the questions into articles which follow a discernible structure.