The non-Christian influence on Anselm's Proslogion argument

Kendrick, Nancy
April 2011
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion;Apr2011, Vol. 69 Issue 2, p73
Academic Journal
This paper considers Anselm's Proslogion argument against a background of historical events that include philosophical disputes between Christian and Jewish polemicists. I argue that the Proslogion argument was addressed, in part, to non-Christian theists and that it offered a response to Jewish polemicists who had argued that the Christian conception of God as an instantiated unity was irrational. Anselm is not trying to convince atheists that there really is a God. He is arguing that the Christian conception of God is logically coherent.


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