In history – that is in a history when still anybody believed that there was a God or were gods – people already wanted to know. The idea of proving God seemed to be especially popular at the beginning of the last millenium. The first one to come up with such a "proof" was the monk Anselm of Canterbury. This is a short summary of his argument:
- Everybody can agree on the following definition: God is that above which you can think nothing greater
- Now think God like this, but think that he does not exist
- Woops, you can think of something higher can't you? Because a God who does exist, is definitely greater than one who doesn't
- Ergo: Our mind is not capable of thinking God without also thinking that he exists
Now for the million ₫ question (currency: vietnamese dong) : Why does this argument not prove that god exists?