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Do the Strengths of the Design Argument out way the Weaknesses

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The Design Argument for the Existence of God Continued 3) Weaknesses of the Design Argument The Teleological argument for the existence of God is an inductive argument. Already we can see by the fact that it is an inductive argument that it has its flaws and that it has its weaknesses. The conclusion is not contained within its premises. This infers that the premises do not fully support the conclusion; therefore the argument is not a solid argument, leaving room for many weaknesses. This is illustrated best by Richard Swinburne in his writing 'The Quest for Eternity. He states that at best the Design Argument is possible or probable, but by no means is it a certainty; what the Design Argument does is to serve to increase the probability of God's existence. The logic is sound but the argument is week because there are other possible conclusions. One of these other possible conclusions is put forward by David Hume in his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion in 1779. Through the character of Philo, Hume puts forward his first argument. This is that like effects imply like causes, so we end up with a caricature of God. However he also has a second argument; that it is possible that the universe arose by chance. ...read more.


In short the hypothesis states that order will always follow chaos. It is quite possible that the cosmos was chaotic originally, and has settled down to the orderly world we live in now without the need for an intelligent designer. Then there is the weakness that science puts forth. This is the principle by Charles Darwin in his book 'Origin of the Species by Natural Selection.' His book challenged the Design Argument, as it revolutionized thinking about the way in which species, including human beings, developed - hence evolution. Darwin has provided an alternative explanation for the design of the world, without reference to relation by God. He offered a mechanical explanation for the development of life, in which natural selection took place. His argument is that random variations take place which gave the best advantage to a plant or animal in the struggle for survival. Resulting in the survival of the plant or animal, with the best adaptations through mutation of genes. This is where the phrase by Herbert Spencer comes from 'the survival of the fittest.' The philosopher Richard Dawkins in his book The Blind Watchmaker supports Darwinian evolution and rejects God. Dawkins argues that natural selection gave the appearance of design, and that this led to the mistaken belief that there was a designer. ...read more.


So in Conclusion I have come to the viewpoint that the Design Argument is a great one. It follows simplicity making the argument comprehendible for all. However I don't believe that I or anybody else can actually come to the definite conclusion that the Design Argument is correct or incorrect. After all this argument dates back to the time of the Ancient Greeks and Socrates, but yet nobody has found a conclusive answer with no flaws. This argument is about proving the existence of God through the design shown through out the cosmos. However like most arguments trying to prove the existence of God, the final issue comes down to the person's personal beliefs. As Hunt said "believing is not the same as seeing." For the person who believes in God, it may well be just as good as seeing God. But the problem lies that belief cannot be proven for others were seeing can. After all faith can only result from a decision to believe, as indicated by Kierkegaard. So if that person does not have the 'will to believe' and will not make that 'leap of faith.' Then the Design Argument will never prove the existence of God. But for the person that does. The Design Argument will be all the evidence they may need. ?? ?? ?? ?? 09/05/2007 Louisa Wimbush 1 ...read more.

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