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Outline the teleological proof of the existence of God

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  • Essay length: 2100 words
  • Submitted: 17/05/2008
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AS and A Level Philosophy

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Outline the teleological proof of the existence of God

There is a problem that arises when talking about God, e.g. "I love my dog, and my dog loves me." There is a flaw in this statement as you would not be able to ask my dog in conversation about its love for me because the only being that we have the capacity of talking to is each other (humans). So if I were to say, "I love God, God loves me." I reach a brick wall with this statement and I will show you in this essay that it could be possible to try and give proof of God's existence using the teleological argument. The word Teleological comes from the Greek word "telos", which means end or purpose.

The question of design provides a strong argument because the arguments start from the world, so they start from experience to argue in favour of God's existence, so the argument is an a posteriori. The argument also holds order, regularity and purpose that can be observed in the universe. This kind of complexity could show proof of design. There are two main examples of design put forward by

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