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The Design Argument

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Introduction

The Design Argument 'The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork {Ps.19.1}' The Design Argument is often called the Teleological Argument derived from one of the three forms the argument is categorised into, all of the arguments are A Priori; -The Arguments From Design 1.The Teleological Argument- arguments beginning from a general pattern of order in the universe leading towards the conclusion of a creator God of such order. -The Arguments To Design 2.The Argument From Providence-arguments from the provision for the needs of conscious beings leading to the conclusion that there must be a God to provide for such needs 3.The Argument From Beauty-arguments from the concept of beauty ...read more.

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The man concludes that the watch must have been made by a watchmaker who must be intelligent to create such a complex system. In the same way the watch demands an intelligent watchmaker so the universe demands an intelligent designer = God! Paley's argument also goes further to support itself: -you don't have to have seen a watch before to know that it couldn't have come about by chance as it is complex. In the same way you don't need to have seen the universe to understand that it is too complex to have come about by chance -you don't have to understand what all of its parts are for and you don't need to know its purpose. ...read more.

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-Non-intelligent things can't produce the order we witness in nature so there must be an intelligent designer behind this order this we call God David Hume-'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' Hume had three versions of the Teleological Argument contained within his dialogues. In each case he states and then refutes each argument invalidating the various forms of the Teleological argument: Hume's Arguments Hume's Criticisms 1-All design necessarily implies a designer Great design implies a great designer There is clearly great design in the world/machine Therefore there must be a great designer in the world = God 2-The world is ordered a result of either chance or design It is entirely plausible that the world arose by chance ...read more.

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