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Outline the key characteristics of the Design Argument.

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Outline the key characteristics of the Design Argument. The design argument is an a posteriori argument, also called a teleological argument. It is based on the observation of the apparent order in the universe and the natural world. It appears to be designed as opposed to the result of chance, as Socrates states "with such signs of forethought in the design of living creatures can you doubt that they are the work of choice or design?" Thomas Aqunias formulates 5 proofs for the existence of God. In his 5th way Aquinas puts forward his version of a teleological argument. He argues that for non-intelligent matter to behave in a way that is beneficial, there needs to be an intelligent power to bring this state of affairs about. ...read more.


A design with a tremendously complex movement of cogs, springs and wheels. It is reasonable to assume that a watch found in a heath came about with the agency of God. You could equally apply the argument to other comparisons eg the eye and how it is adapted for sight. The basis of the argument is that there is evidence of design in the universe around us. Everything appears to have been designed to fulfil some function. This argument is design qua purpose. The way that each aspect of the natural world appears to fulfil its purpose is further evidence for design. Paley argues for a designing creator - God. ...read more.


Richard Swinburne provides a stronger version of the design argument and suggests two possible line of argument, spatial order and temporal order. Spatial order is concerned with the existence of things with complex structures. Temporal order is based on the Regularities of succession, the sheer fact that there are laws of nature. The universe could have easily been chaotic, the fact that it appears that it appears ordered cannot be by mere chance. The Anthropic principle is a recent development of the teleological argument. The argument claims that the cosmos is constructed for the development of intelligent life. If there had just been a minute change intelligent life would not have been able to develop. The argument denies any claim that there is a chain of coincidences that led to the evolution of human life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicholas Subramaniam 12CMH6 ...read more.

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