The Teleological Argument

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  • The Teleological Argument
    • Looking at the end result in order to draw conclusions
      • (Design Arguments)
        • Inductive and a posteriori - look at our experiences of the world and draw inferences from them
          • Looking at the end result in order to draw conclusions
            • (Design Arguments)
              • Inductive and a posteriori - look at our experiences of the world and draw inferences from them
                • Reach conclusions which are statements of probability rather than conclusive proofs
                  • It is up to us whether we agree with the premises of the argument
              • Aquinas' Design argument
                • Purpose in the universe is evidence for the existence of God, everything in nature which is moving but which has no intelligence ( inanimate objects) must be directed to its goal by God
              • Paley's Watch analogy
                • If a person found a watch they would notice how well it worked in order to tell the time and so would conclude that someone would have made the watch
                  • He said looking at the watch is similar to looking at the world or human body and noticing how well it works together
                  • We don't have to see the watch being made to realise there must have been a maker
          • Reach conclusions which are statements of probability rather than conclusive proofs
            • It is up to us whether we agree with the premises of the argument
        • Aquinas' Design argument
          • Purpose in the universe is evidence for the existence of God, everything in nature which is moving but which has no intelligence ( inanimate objects) must be directed to its goal by God
        • Paley's Watch analogy
          • If a person found a watch they would notice how well it worked in order to tell the time and so would conclude that someone would have made the watch
            • He said looking at the watch is similar to looking at the world or human body and noticing how well it works together
            • We don't have to see the watch being made to realise there must have been a maker
    • The orderliness in the universe points to an intelligent designer which is God

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