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What are the strengths of the Design Argument? Comment on some of the criticisms raised against the design argument.

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B: What are the strengths of the Design Argument? Comment on some of the criticisms raised against the design argument. (15) The strengths of the Teleological argument are it gives a reason for existence because of a belief in a creator God. There is so much beauty in the world. The Aesthetic argument states that human beings appreciate the world. Music, art and literature are all in our world. We could survive without these things. These things could not have come about by natural selection. This points to evidence for a divine creator. The scientific theory of evolution can be used as evidence for a divine designer. ...read more.

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Kant rejected the design argument however he stated 'This proof always deserves to be mentioned with respect'. Kant believed there are too many assumptions. We come to the decision there is order and design. We have only experienced this world. For all we know this world could be in complete chaos. David Hume had written the criticisms of a designer God twenty three years before William Paley's theory. Hume came up with criticisms such as Why hasn't God informed us of the purpose? Why is there evil in the design? Who designed the designer? How do we know the world was designed if we weren't there? ...read more.

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There are always arguments for and against. My personal opinion is I believe the world is far to complex to have just come about by chance. The conclusion I come to is that I believe God created the world. Although there is a lot of evil and suffering in the world I believe God did not intent for it to be this way. Swineburne saw the teleological argument as the simplest explanation. Science can be used to support both sides of the argument. The probability that this world could have come about purely by chance is practically impossible. Einstein stated 'God does not play dice.' If you already have a belief in God then the teleological argument can be used to strengthen belief however it is not a good argument if you have no belief in God. ...read more.

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