Sagar Gurung Professor Amanda Hicks PHI 101 March 1, 2011 Weekly Response Paper – Anslem’s Proslogion This

is a response paper to this week’s assigned reading of St. Anselm’s Proslogion. I have selected the lines, “Lord, if you are not here, where shall I seek you, being absent? But if you are everywhere, why do I not see you present? Truly you dwell in unapproachable light. But where is unapproachable light, or how shall I come to it? Or who shall lead me to that light and into it, that I may see you my God; I do not know your form.” from the reading, in context to which I’ll be writing the paper on. St. Anselm’s argument is that of the existence of God. He believes the God is that than which no greater can be thought and therefore must exist, for otherwise he would not be that than which no greater can be thought. In the first chapter of his arguments, he talks about how to encourage the mind to think of god. He raises many questions and points which make us do think of god. One of such arguments is talked about in the above mentioned lines, where he asks God of his location and how is that he cannot see him. Anselm asks God why cannot he see him if he is everywhere. We believe God is everywhere, that he lies in everything and everywhere that exists and that we can see or feel. So why cannot we see him? Why is it that we only see him in pictures, images and statues that we perceive to be the representation of God. What is the reason behind this? Why is it that God will not show himself to us and really prove without a doubt that he really does exist and we will have no further doubts and arguments about the question of his existence? Has anyone of us really seen God? We all believe there is God, but none have seen him in reality. We believe that God exists in a form that is not visible to the eye. So what is that form? Anselm asks God how can he see him. He believes that God exists in an unapproachable light, which he has no idea or knowledge as to where and when to find it. He truly wants see God and asks for directions and knowledge of that light so that he can see him. It is not only him that has this question in their mind. How do I see God? Is there a way? A certain path that we need to follow? A certain way of life that no one has discovered until now? Who wouldn’t want to know that way? I certainly would. I would want to see what God really looks like, as no one knows until now what he really looks like. Anselm has the same question in his mind. What does God look like? What is his form? How can you be able to see that form with your eyes? Anselm believes himself to be God’s servant and created to see him, but is saddened about him not being able to do what he was created for. Certainly, is there really a different form in which God exists?

we are simply being practical. God is there if you believe in him and not there if you don’t believe in him. for how can we say something exist if we’ve never seen it. It depends on us to believe or deny it. or believe what they see is the truth. touched it or felt it? We only believe what see and not believe what is thought to be true? People may choose to believe in what they think is the truth. Again this belief differs from person to person. If we say he doesn’t exist. as to whether God is there or not? There is no fix answer to the question raised here? The answer would be.These are all questions that we ask ourselves without having a fixed and certain answer to our questions. we say it without a doubt in mind that he does without even seeing him or knowing what he looks like. If we say he exists. . God is there or God is not there.

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