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Examine the key idea's about strengths of the design argument for the existence of God.

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(a) Examine the key idea's about strengths of the design argument for the existence of God. (21) The design argument is an argument that tries to demonstrate the existence of God as the explanation of the creation of this planet and all it's purpose's. The Teleological argument argues that the universe is being directed towards a telos, an end purpose, and the a posteriori evidence of an apparent design in the world implies the existence of a designer, God. The argument can be split into two main categories, design qua purpose and design qua regularity. I'm going to examine the key ideas in this essay. William Paley wrote a book called 'Natural Theology' and he mentioned his own form of the Teleological argument which have two parts: Design qua Purpose - the universe was designed to fulfil a purpose, and Design qua Regularity - the universe behaves according to some order. ...read more.


In argument of the Design qua Regularity, there is also evidence for a creator in the regularity of the universe, as there is a relationship between the planets and the effect of gravity could not have come about without a designing principle at work which leads on to Arthur Brown's theory. St Thomas Aquinas was another philosopher who just like Paley, used an analogy. He used a form of the teleological argument in his fifth way, in which he was arguing from the Design qua Regularity. He based his theory on his bow and arrow analogy, "Now what ever locks knowledge cannot move towards an end, unless it be directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence; as the arrow is directed by the anchor". ...read more.


He thinks it is entirely possible that you can imagine a chaotic universe, in which there are no rules, however, it is proven not to be chaotic and it was designed in such a way as to evolutionarily produce intelligent life. Therefore, Tennant was to believe that human life was either part of God's plan, or at least the current stage of his plan. Another philosopher who agrees with Tennant is Richard Swinburne. He believes that if there is a design, then God is the simplest explanation. The strong anthropic principle claims that the necessities of human evolution were too natural to the big bang and the creation of the universe; the whole purpose of design being that human life would evolve on earth. Jessica Ivaldi 12 I Philosophy essay Miss Clark ...read more.

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