But if you can think it, it doesn’t mean it is.
What is St. Anselm’s argument?
- It is a conceptual truth (or, so to speak, true by definition) that God is a being than which none greater can be imagined (that is, the greatest possible being that can be imagined).
- God exists as an idea in the mind.
- A being that exists as an idea in the mind and in reality is, other things being equal, greater than a being that exists only as an idea in the mind.
- Thus, if God exists only as an idea in the mind, then we can imagine something that is greater than God (that is, a greatest possible being that does exist).
- But we cannot imagine something that is greater than God (for it is a contradiction to suppose that we can imagine a being greater than the greatest possible being that can be imagined.)
- Therefore, God exists.
Near the end of Final Fantasy VII, ~~Rinoa~~ Ultimecia summons the ultimate summon…Griever!
Sorceress Ultimecia: “The most powerful GF… …You shall… …SUFFER…! HAHAHA…”
[She summons Griever, the GF from Squall’s necklace (!?).]
Sorceress Ultimecia: “The GF’s true power… To show you…! Griever! Make them bleed!”
So if we replace “God” with “Griever”, we can see where the problems arise. Since Griever didn’t exist as a summon until he was conceived, he wasn’t the greatest summon. Even if he was conceived, he still couldn’t be considered “the greatest” by definition. Therefore, being brought into existence would mean there would have been a greater possible summoning. Just like God. Only, God wasn’t brought into existence, right? Well, until God can be shown to exist independent of the mind, there’s no reason to believe he is the greatest possible being that can be imagined. Just like Griever.*
Does this mean God doesn’t exist? No, but it does mean the argument is flawed. Of course, St. Anselm’s argument is patent nonsense anyway, so I don’t know why anyone even bothers XD
- No amount of subjective reasoning will determine an objective being’s reality. Obviously.