The Design Argument

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  • The Design Argument
    • William Paley
      • Watch theory
        • 2) Works in a specific way
          • 4) Must be an intelligent designer
        • 1) Has a purpose
          • 3) Has regularity and order
    • Immanuel Kant
      • 1) A posteriori argument and based on the empirical nature
      • 2) Existence of the universe must be explained by the outsid( intelligent deisnger)
    • Richard Swinburne
      • 1) Existence of the universe
        • 2) Existence of the order in the universe
        • 4) Human opportunities to be good
        • 3) Existence of consciousness
          • 6) Miracles
          • 7) Religious experience
          • 5) The pattern of history
    • F.R.Tennant
      • 1) Aesthetic Principle
        • 2) More than just orderly- natural beauty that is beyond us
    • John Polkinghorne
      • 1) Natural Laws
        • 2) Universe is not fixed and unchanging
          • 3) Anthropic principle
            • 4) God= total explanation
    • David Hume
      • 2) If the universe is so unique how can it be compared to a watch?
        • 4) Anthropomorphism
          • 6) Universe is designed then it is poorly designed
          • 5) If God is compared to human design- has limited power
      • 1) No knowledge of the universe like we have of a watch
      • 3) How do we know it has a purpose?
    • Charles Darwin
      • 1) Life developed in evolutionary steps
        • 2) Things adapted to suit the environment= no link to God
          • 3) Too much suffering to be created by God
    • Richard Dawkins
      • 2) Design of the universe does not show purpose
      • 1) Evolved as a series of chances
    • Evil and Suffering
      • 1) Shows designer has limited power to allow suffering
    • St Thomas Aquinas
      • 1) Beneficial order in the universe- end or purpose
        • 3) Not all objects can lead to that end/purpose
          • 5) Therefore, God exists
        • 2) Can't happen by chance
        • 4) Must be something that can lead those objects
  • St Thomas Aquinas
    • 1) Beneficial order in the universe- end or purpose
      • 3) Not all objects can lead to that end/purpose
        • 5) Therefore, God exists
      • 2) Can't happen by chance
      • 4) Must be something that can lead those objects
  • 3) Existence of consciousness
    • 6) Miracles
    • 7) Religious experience
    • 5) The pattern of history

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