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The Teleological Argument

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Examine the main ideas and strengths of the design argument for the existence of God. This essay will examine the main ideas and strengths of the design argument; an argument for the existence of God. This argument is also known as the teleological argument. The word 'teleological' derives from the Greek 'telos' which means an end, or an ultimate purpose. This essay will focus on William Paley's view and his famous watchmaker analogy. William Paley was a British born philosopher who lived from 1743 to 1805 and he is best remembered for this analogy. In William Paley's watchmaker analogy, he likens a watch to the universe. He does this because a watch is a very intricate, complicated and sophisticated design. A watch is also designed to serve a purpose; to tell the time. ...read more.

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Likewise, the universe serves a purpose, the universe has been designed, the universe has a designer; God. One strength of William Paley's argument is the appearance of structure in the world - the world is not full of chaos, but of beneficial order and stability. The conditions seem to be perfect to sustain life. Surely this could not have come about by chance? The universe is made up of many different parts, all of which work together in harmony to fulfill a purpose. William Paley believed that the order apparent is evidence of an intelligent designer, for if the universe had not have been designed it would be chaotic and dysfunctional. Another strength of the design argument is the complexity of things in the world that serve purpose. ...read more.

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An example of the anthropic principle is the distance between the sun and the Earth. If the sun were too far away, the planet would be too cool for a stable water system. Yet if the sun were too close, the planet would be too hot for a stable water system. We all know that water is a necessity in sustaining life, but if this fine tuning were slightly different, we would have no water and therefore, no life. In this essay I have explained the main ideas of the design argument and have addressed a number of strengths as to how the argument proves the existence of God. To conclude, if a watch is a product of intelligent design then so is the universe, therefore, an intelligent designer must exist. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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