the only easy day was yesterday

Friday, October 5, 2007

Chapter 4

He's so mushy with God it's repulsive.

Anyway, good ol' Anselm outdoes himself here. Apparently he's noticed the disconnect between hearing something and understanding it that he'd taken for granted in his first argument.

Al he has to say here is: to hear something on one hand can simply present a man with the objects of the symbols that are the words in the man's mind, but on the other hand these words can resonate in a man's understanding if he takes the time to analyze them, and only at this point does the argument become valid. If you just hear it you can say God does not exist because you do not actually understand it. If you have "that than which nothing greater can be thought" in your understanding then you must know that God exists because the previous arguments have proved that not doing so will be a contradiction.

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