The existence of God is the subject that keeps troubling the mankind these days. In the past, it was never denied because it was present in people’s faith and miracles, but the achievements of modern science put it into question. That’s why this subject is quite controversial and there are many doubts and myths that surround it. Something certain and unquestionable became one of the most questionable subjects so that even believing and faithful people are unsure.
When it comes to Rene Descartes who is called the father of modern thought and philosophy, he decided to discuss the proof of God’s existence in his works that prove it by using a special ontological argument. It’s targeted to get a better understanding of the idea, essence, and existence of God. Don’t forget about Saint Anselm of Canterbury who also made God’s existence evidence by using his ontological proof.
Following the natural flow of available arguments, the philosophical theory of Descartes on this subject is clearly based on and connected to the theory developed by Anselm. It can be a bit hard to tell where one ends and the other one starts. The main reason is that Descartes makes similar logical constructions that are albeit in a different order to come up with the argument of Anselm about God’s existence.
Besides, Anselm approaches this subject by using both thoughts and minds. He suggests that God is something great or the highest possible object of thoughts so that there is nothing more perfect or greater. He moves to the possibility that God may or may not exist, but he doesn’t reference sacred scripture to deny his existence. On the contrary, Anselm makes his strong argument that God exists and he understands the meaning of this concept.
He also illustrates this opinion with one painter who envisions a clear picture in his mind and implements this vision to make it real as this is how he realizes its existence. This means that the painter took one idea and transformed it into something great and real so that Anselm suggests that the same thing can be done with God. He put into writing his proofs of God’s existence to help others who ask the same question.
In conclusion, Anselm defines God as something great and conceivable and he believes that even atheists should have their own idea of God, but the main difference is that they deny that there is something real and their arguments correspond his idea of God’s existence, thus proving it.
The existence of God is the subject that keeps troubling the mankind these days. In the past, it was never denied because it was present in people’s faith and miracles, but the achievements of modern science put it into question. That’s why this subject is quite controversial and there are many doubts and myths that surround it.