The Ontological Argument

Ξ April 7th, 2011 | → Comments Off on The Ontological Argument | ∇ Uncategorized |

The Ontological Argument states that God is a being that has all perfections, and that existence is a characteristic of perfection. Therefore God exists, since God is a being with all perfections.

I do not think that this argument is very persuasive to try to convince others that God exists, since this can be applied to almost anything. Gaunilo uses the Lost Island as an example. The Lost Island is an island with all perfections, including existence since existence is a characteristic of perfection. Therefore the Lost Island exists. But how do we truly know if it exists, if we cannot find it to prove its existence? Just saying that something is perfect, it does not prove its existence. If we were to only rely on this, we will only rely on our beliefs. It’s harder to convince people with just beliefs.

 

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