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Outline and evaluate the teleological argument for God's existence.

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Outline and evaluate the teleological argument for God's existence The teleological argument is also known as the argument from design. It is the idea that our world and the universe surrounding it are so intricate that it could not happen by accident, it was designed. William Paley put forward perhaps the most famous version of this with the watchmaker argument. Imagine you live on a desolate desert island and one day you come across a watch. By looking at it and examining, the intricate and complicated mechanisms you would conclude that it was designed by an intelligent designer. A watch could not happen by chance. ...read more.

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Back to this 'perfect watch', its not perfect. It does not automatically adjust the time when the clocks go forward. Instead it spitefully ticks away knowing that you will be late for work. Alternatively, does it remember leap years? Does it give you an apology? No because it is a mean and uncaring watch. Our world is much like this watch, its imperfect. It is rude and selfish. People are staving and we are sitting here stuffing our faces. Our amazing hands are not so amazing after all, they wear out, muscles and bones break. Surely, an intelligent designer would design us with out these faults. ...read more.

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Where did this intelligent being come from? Why is it plausible for him to exist but not God? Surely, God could of built the parent universe Hume talks about. It does not have to be the being Hume talks about. Hume points out how little we know about universes, we have only experienced one. They could occur naturally and not require an intelligent designer. One major problem with the teleological argument is that it talks about the universe as a whole when you cannot talk about describe it using words fitting to parts of it. It is like asking a group of people how old the group is as a general. The universe is a very complicated thing. It all cannot be explained by one answer. ...read more.

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