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The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God (Part 2) (The Reasons to Believe #61)

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It reads, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from W. F. Albright. He said, "The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature; and it towers just as impressively over all subsequent literature in the direct simplicity of its message and…its appeal to men of all lands and times."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Today, we will continue our discussion of the Ontological Argument with some questions and answers:

Suppose I deny that God exists in the mind?

In that case the argument could not conclude that God exists in the mind and in reality. But note: the denial commits you to the view that there is no concept of God. And very few would wish to go that far.

Is it really greater for something to exist in the mind and in reality than in the mind alone?

The first premise of this argument is often misunderstood. People sometimes say: "Isn't an imaginary disease better, and in that sense greater, than a real one?" Well it certainly is better --- and so a greater thing --- for you that the disease is not real. But that strengthens Anselm's side

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