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Write a page explaining and assessing Mill's criticisms of the design argument

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Stacey Carter 26th November 2002 13 A.K Write a page explaining and assessing Mill's criticisms of the design argument Mill's claims that if a creator designed the world, this creator must have made it to be full of misery and evil purposely. Many Christians justify evil in the world by saying that something good will ultimately come out of it. They say that there has to be an opposite of good for people to be able to recognise goodness. ...read more.


Mills explains that within nature there are many actions taken by animals in the wild that humans would be punished for by law, and a God who creates this type of unordered evil and misery, must himself be malevolent. This criticism is dubious however as it compares animals, with no conscience of right and wrong, with humanity that has a soul. Animals do not think about killing, about whether it is right or wrong. They have no good or bad intentions. ...read more.


Mill's does not believe that there is a God and that the imperfection and chaos proves that there is no design and therefore no designer. Another criticism of Mills for Paley's teleological design argument is that if there is a God that designed the world why does Paley assume that it is the Judeo-Christian God? And what evidence is there to say there aren't many Gods who created the world? This is a valid point, but it is justifiable for Paley to argue for his belief such as Mill's is justified in expressing his belief that there is no God. Nobody has expressed Mill's bias towards atheism. ...read more.

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