Proofs for God’s Existence

Authored by: William E. Mann

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy

Print publication date:  January  2021
Online publication date:  January  2021

Print ISBN: 9780415658270
eBook ISBN: 9781315709604
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Medieval philosophers bequeathed to posterity some of the most famous arguments in favor of the existence of God. In this essay, I will examine some of the members of two families of such arguments. Before introducing the families, however, we should consider some preliminary questions. Why did so many medieval philosophers think it important to prove God’s existence? Who was the intended audience? What did the proofs disclose about the nature of God?

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