St. Anselm, Archbishop of Cantebury (1033-1109), is the originator of the ontological argument. This argument is laid out in his written work called
Proslogium which can be download in PDF form here:
"[Even a] fool, when he hears of … a being than which nothing greater can be conceived … understands what he hears, and what he understands is in
his understanding.… And assuredly that, than which nothing greater can be conceived, cannot exist in the understanding alone. For suppose it exists
in the understanding alone: then it can be conceived to exist in reality; which is greater.… Therefore, if that, than which nothing greater can be
conceived, exists in the understanding alone, the very being, than which nothing greater can be conceived, is one, than which a greater can be
conceived. But obviously this is impossible. Hence, there is no doubt that there exists a being, than which nothing greater can be conceived, and it
exists both in the understanding and in reality."
The passage is a little difficult to unravel. Here is a more sequenced version of the argument:
1. 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).
2. God exists as an idea in the mind.
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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.)
6. Therefore, God exists.
Here is my twist on this argument. Maybe not as good but maybe another way to come to the same conclusion:
1. God is word that represents every possible thought and experience imaginable.
2. There are no other words in our dictionary containing more meaning than the word God.
3. Just like our consciousness transcends our body, God's consciousness transcends the Universe.
4. Consciousness exist, experiences of reality exist, therefore, God exists because there's no other word big enough to contain all the
However, a single Universe is not enough. Consider the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics where we have a infinite number of Universe in
With the Multiverse every possible quantum state is realized. In one Universe a person marries Sally. In another Universe the same person marries
Sue. Every possibility is mapped out in complete realization so the Multiverse is absolutely complete at a higher dimension. An omnipotent God would
then be the consciousness experiencing the Multiverse in its entirety. This Multiverse version of God's consciousness is the word containing the most
information possible in its definition.
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