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Examine the design argument for the existence of God

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Examine the design argument for the existence of God: The design argument is also know as the teleological argument. This argument attempts to prove the existence of God from the evidence of design in nature as the designer, by using analogy. The teleological argument is that of an 'a posteriori' nature as its basic forms comes from the idea that we can deduce knowledge from what we know or have sense of, i.e. the evidence of order ,regularity and purpose in the universe. Throughout history there have been people that have presumed that the natural order of the universe and the way in which It works e.g. the changing seasons the complexes of humans brains DNA etc the list is endless. Serves as evidence of a designer. The design argument has been expressed in two ways design qua regularity. Design regularity arguments looks at design in relation to the order and regularity of the universe. For example the rotation of the planet that cannot just be down to random chance. ...read more.

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William replied that he saposed the stone had laid there forever but he goes on to say, "...but suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place, I should hardly think of the answer which I had before given, meaning he knew some one created the watch and probably dropped it because "...when we come to inspect the watch, perceive - what we could not discover in the stone - that it's several parts are framed and put together for a purpose..." The first part of Paleys' design qua purpose argument is to show that there must be a purpose in the universe. Paley analogy attempts to compare the universe to a watch; and state that the universe is so complex i.e. it has parts that all work in unison together in motion, just like a watch, and because of this it is also logical to ask who or what created the universe because we presume that such intricacy implies a designer. ...read more.

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F.R. Tennant proposed an aesthetic form of the argument. He argued that beauty is not essential for survival, yet many things in the universe are beautiful and equipped with far more than they need for simple existence for the survival of the fittest. The Anthropic Principle would conclude that this serves of evidence that a creator had been at work - and that this creator is or even was god In conclusion, examining the gesign argument it is clear that the design argument is built up of many points made from many different philosophers from many different periods of time, and has been varied several times, however, each of the variations seem very similar - and each variation point to the universe being very complex, with that there must have been a creator is the simplest explanation - however, as the design argument is inductive it is not possible to reach such a conclusion. Toby Elliott 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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