Key features of design argument

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  • Key features of 'The Design Argument'
    • Strengths
      • Response to mechanistic physics
      • Observable/ testable evidence
      • 'God of the Gaps' explains when scientific evidence cannot.
    • Weaknesses
      • Pierre LaPlace
        • World = machine. Each part machine effects another part= movement.
        • Does not need God for movement/ change
      • David Hume
        • Don't need to assume universe had a beginning
        • Cant conclude it is the God of Classical theism
        • Design = work of several Gods
        • Flaws in design = death, suffering ect
    • The classical argument for design
      • Universe = order regularity and purpose
      • Complex universe= evidence for intelligent design
      • Design implies designer
      • Designer= God
    • Overview
      • 'The Teleological Argument'
      • Thomas Aquinas
      • William Paley
    • Design qua regularity
      • Aquinas
        • 5th of FIVE WAYS
          • Design qua regularity
            • Aquinas
              • 5th of FIVE WAYS
              • Design = order and regularity
              • Example = formal garden= lack of weeds = gardener
                • Garden (X) result of chance, nor is Universe
        • Design = order and regularity
        • Example = formal garden= lack of weeds = gardener
          • Garden (X) result of chance, nor is Universe
      • Design qua purpose
        • Paley
        • Parts of universe fit together= purpose
        • Universe = machine= specific function
        • Example= TV= fitted together -> receive pictures and sounds --> put together randomly (x) function
        • Analogy of watch
          • Came across watch, presume parts fitted together for purpose, did not come into existence by chance. Infer designer of watch.

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