God: True Entity or False Belief?

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God: True entity or false belief? The concept and existence of God has been a topic philosophers have argued over for centuries. Is there a God? How does he exist? In what form does he affect people’s everyday lives? All of these questions are asked on a regular basis, and have all yet to find a definitive answer. One way in which these arguments are formed is through an Ontological argument. Ontological arguments are arguments, for the conclusion that God exists, from premises, which are supposed to derive from some source other than an observation of the world. For example, St. Anselm of Canterbury proposed the first, and best-known Ontological argument in the 11th. Century A.D. In his Proslogion, St. Anselm claims to derive the existence of God from the concept of a being, which no greater can be conceived. St. Anselm reasoned that, “if such a being fails to exist, then a greater being, namely, a being than which no greater can be conceived, and which exists, can be conceived” (Philosophy Encyclopedia). However, this would be absurd, seeing as that nothing greater than God can be conceived in anyway. So a being, which nothing greater can be conceived, God, does in fact exist. According to Joel Fienberg’s text, Reason and Responsibility, an Ontological argument is defined as “an argument for the existence of God stating that the very concept or definition of God automatically entails that God exists; because the special nature of the concept, there is no way that God could fail to exist” (pg. 722). This argument is formulated around the idea that God is a being, which no greater being can be conceived. There is not one person, place or thing that is greater than God himself. We also understand what it means to speak in literature, as well as through tongue, about such a being, as well as being able to conceive of such a being existing in
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