• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Outline the Design Argument for the Existence of God

    is so fantastic that it must have been created by a divine designer, is nothing but speculation and opinions. It cannot be proven either way. The reason this argument is so important, is because it came about at a time when the majority of people were happy with the idea

  2. 'Darwin's theory of Evolution undermined the Argument from Design'. Is this true?

    There seems to be no more design in the variability of organic beings and in the action of natural selection, than in the course which the wind blows". (ibid., p.71) Richard Dawkins argues that the evidence to support Darwin's theory is so overwhelming that the Argument from Design is now redundant.

  1. Creation vs. Evolution?

    Also, again it is possible for somebody to imagine that God might have used evolution to guide the progress of mankind rather than some instant creative moment. Also, it would be inconsistent with all of God's other actions if He were to ignore natural law in His creations.

  2. Explain the Ontological argument.

    in the street one would conclude that the parts had been fitted together for a purpose and had not come into existence due to chance. An intelligent person would infer a designer. In the same way, if one looks at the at the world one would find evidence for a

  1. Free essay

    Comment on The Design Argument

    For this simple purpose of creation, there has to be a designer. This creator must be God. Paley also argues about the existence of God by Design Qua Regularity. He argues about the different patterns in the universe and uses evidence from astronomy and Newton's law of motion and gravity to prove design in the universe.

  2. "Religious experience is all in the mind of the believer" -Examine and comment on ...

    Atheist Michael Martin has criticised Swinburne's principal of credulity. If, as Swinburne suggests, experiences are generally to be treated as veridical, i.e. as accurately representing the world, then this allows an argument from the absence of religious experience to be constructed. An atheist who experiences the absence of God can argue, using the principal of credulity, that the world is probably as this experience represents it as being i.e.

  1. "The Design Argument fails because of its weaknesses" Examine and comment on this claim

    Just because a designer has created a watch does not mean the world has a creator too. It would be like saying a piece of paper is used for many functions and has a creator so therefore the world must have a multifunctional creator too.

  2. Explain the use of analogy in the Design argument. Evaluate with particular reference to ...

    Thomas Aquinas argued for design qua regularity in the fifth of his five ways, 'from the governance of things'. He argued natural things lack knowledge but act regularly towards and end or goal, for example the seasons, and this therefore must be a product of design as it can not happen by chance.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work