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The proof of God : the debate that shaped modern belief

Author: Larry Witham
Publisher: New York : Atlas, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1078, Anselm of Bec wrote the most famous proof in Western religious tradition: the "ontological argument" for God's existence. Stating that the "idea" and "reality" of God were the same, Anselm daringly used the faculties of his mind, rather than the Bible or church authorities, to reach the proof. Larry Witham traces our modern-day conceptions of faith back to Anselm's claim, which unleashed a medieval debate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Witham, Larry, 1952-
Proof of God.
New York : Atlas, c2008
(OCoLC)760914386
Named Person: Anselm, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury; Anselmus, van Canterbury; René Descartes; Anselm, Saint Archbishop of Canterbury
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Witham
ISBN: 9780977743360 0977743365
OCLC Number: 228196939
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 217 p. [16] p. of plates : ill., (some col.) ; 16 cm.
Contents: Preface : Anselm's fool --
The logic of God --
"I began to wonder" --
Canterbury tales --
The friars of Oxford --
Ockham's razor --
The nominalist terror --
Descartes's dream --
"A thinking substance" --
The ontological proof.
Responsibility: Larry Witham.

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"In 1078, Anselm of Bec wrote the most famous proof in Western religious tradition: the "ontological argument" for God's existence. Stating that the "idea" and "reality" of God were the same, Anselm daringly used the faculties of his mind, rather than the Bible or church authorities, to reach the proof. Larry Witham traces our modern-day conceptions of faith back to Anselm's claim, which unleashed a medieval debate that culminated in William of Ockham's notorious "razor." Scrupulously managing fact and theory, Witham tells the story of this intellectual quest across the Middle Ages and how it inspired the West's first modern philosopher Rene Descartes." "By turns history, biography, and philosophical inquiry, The Proof of God traces one of the seminal arguments of Western belief from its inception to our own day."--book jacket.

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