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Catherine Pickstock considers St Anselm’s Proslogion and the ontological argument for the existence of God.   

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Widely relevant to A level and GCSE Philosophy of Religion and/or Christianity syllabuses. Suitable as an enrichment activity at Key Stage 4 and 5.

Suggested questions and activities

  • To what extent do you believe the ontological argument is successful in proving the existence of God?
  • What objections are there to St Anselm’s ontological argument and do they hold?
  • What is the significance of the prayer format of the Proslogion?
  • In Chapter 15 of the Proslogion, Anselm says that God is beyond what can be thought. Does this contradict the ontological argument in Chapters Two and Three?

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