A New Defence of Anselmian Theism

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Abstract

Anselmian theists, for whom God is the being than whch no greater can be thought, usually infer that he is an omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent being. Critics have attacked these claims by numerous distinct arguments, such as the paradox of the stone, the argument from God's inability sin, and the argument from evil. Anselmian theists have responded to these arguments by constructing an independent response to each. This way of defending Anselmian theism is uneconomical. I seek to establish a new defence which undercuts almost all the existing arguments against Anselmian theism at once. In developing this defence, I consider the possibility that the Anselmian God is not an omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent being.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-596
Number of pages20
JournalThe Philosophical Quarterly
Volume58
Issue number233
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008