• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Outline the Design Argument for the existence of God (7)

Extracts from this document...


Outline the Design Argument for the existence of God (7) The basis and structure towards the Design Argument is all about a creator and designer whom set things and planned everything to be the way it is today. Unlike the cosmological argument, the Design Argument is a lot simpler to understand and has simple steps towards it. The main point that the Design Argument claims is the fact that everything in nature seems to be put together in just the right manner suggests that an intelligent designer was responsible for its creation. The most famous philosopher who commented on this argument was William Paley with his argument by analogy by comparing the universe to a watch. He states that certain parts are formed and adjusted as to produce motion. However if a different size from what they are, or the parts are placed in any other manner, or in any other order than that in which they are placed, no motion at all would have been carried out in watch. ...read more.


This backs up the theory that a creator created things to do a specific job and to do it to the best of their abilities. This also leads on to the fact how the World must have been planned, as it is suitable for inhabitants such as humans. Hence plants photosynthesis oxygen, which humans take in. The world was planned and had already adapted for the evolution and for the expanse of the human race. Thus meaning that someone or something must thought ahead and premeditated that there needed to be specific creatures to do individual things for others to survive. There is just enough oxygen to support life on earth. If there were even a little less, the Earth's atmosphere would not be able to support life, as we know it. But if there were just a little bit more oxygen in the atmosphere, combustion would occur too easily and often and it would once again be difficult to sustain life in such conditions. Moreover, the Earth is just the right distance from the sun. ...read more.


Moreover whatever lacks knowledge cannot move towards an end, unless some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence directs it; as the archer directs the arrow. Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God. Aquinas's version of the argument relies on a very strong claim that the existence of any end-directed system or process can be explained only by the existence of an intelligent being who directs that system or process towards its end. Since the operations of all natural bodies, on Aquinas's view, are directed towards some specific end these operations can be explained only by the existence of an intelligent being. In conclusion there are many points, which support the case for the existence of God. The theories of a planned world and the need for intelligence to guide others are crucial. Paley and Aquinas both agree that there is some creator or designer whom created the world in a specific way and to perform tasks to the best of their best abilities, however the reason why is the subject of another essay. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nick Gibson Philosophy Miss Newton Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Philosophy essays

  1. Describe the main strengths and weaknesses of the cosmological argument for the existence of ...

    It could therefore be said that the cosmological argument can work on the assumption that the cause of existing things is not a thing, in which case the above contradiction would disappear.46 The Kalam argument depends on assumptions that can be rejected, for instance: that every event has a cause;

  2. What are they key features of the design argument for the existence of God?

    Mill chose to maintain God's goodness, thus accepting that God was limited in some way, although Mill said he could not tell by what or by whom. If one of the aforementioned flaws in the designer is not the case then it is difficult to argue a case for the

  1. Augustine on creation and Aquinas on the existence of God.

    Similarly, the foreseeing of future events is merely the act of prediction based off of things that were already present or previously seen (i.e. the assertion that the sun will rise tomorrow is only based on one's own previous experience of having already watched the sun rise).

  2. Critically assess the design argument

    We only know what the world is like to ourselves our personal view could be entirely different from anyone else's. Despite the major and on-going debate between the undeniably different theories of design and evolution some theists and philosophers accept both as possibilities.

  1. The Design Argument for the Existence of God

    Socrates an ancient Greek philosopher gave an excellent quote to summarise this point. "With such signs of forethought in the design of living creatures, can you doubt they are the work of choice or design?" The design argument can be split into two main parts.

  2. Proof and Probability in Arguing for God's Existence.

    Jesus is not just a man (3) Jesus is not mortal If we posit the opposite conclusion, that Jesus is mortal, are we obliged to reject one of the premises? No, the premises can hold whether the conclusion is true or false.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work