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The ontological argument

The ontological argument tries to probe the existence of God through the concept of reason itself that it can be deductive. There will be no evidence to need it to prove the real existence of God it will be enough just to have the concept of God in our minds. The argument is an a priori example, which means with no request to experience to probe it and we have to believe that God must actually exist. This argument is associated to the concept of God, concept of perfection and existence and this link us that there is a God such is the "most perfect conceivable being"(GPB) so this being must exist.


The argument was initiates by St. Anselm who he highlighting God, who no greater being can be conceived, must exist. So if He is not real he can't the perfect conceivable being. Anselm gives us a point, if you believe in God, and if it mean a lot to us, we can believe that God actually exist. So this is more reason and no just faith.

Descartes is other proponent who support St. Anselm's argument, by founding his view in the point of mathematics reasoning, trying to show the relation of triangles' characteristics with God's characteristics to prove the existence of God by reasoning.

Plantinga is one more proponent of this argument, who argued that if we believe in God is our basics beliefs, so if you are a believer it be enough to believe in the existence of God. He thinks that religious beliefs are foundational.


The principal opponent to the argument are Guanilo who critic is based on the fact that we can used the logic to prove the existence of any perfect thing like the 'Perfect Island". So this bring us to the point if



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