The teleological Argument

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  • The Teleological Argument
    • The universe has order, regularity and purpose
      • The complexity of the universe shows evidence of design
        • Such design imlpies a designer.
          • The designer of the universe is God.
    • A posteriori argument: design argument is based on knowledge and what you observe
    • Synthetic propositions: observe it and make statement = there is order of the world therefore the world must be ordered
    • Inductive reasoning: complexity must be made by someone which is God
    • The design argument takes several forms. It is also known as the teleological argument because of Greek word "telos" which means order, purpose or end and the argument is concerned with the search for meaning or purpose or a reason of order in the world.
    • Design qua regularity: By having order and regularity in the world everything was planned and designed therefore there had to be a system of how everything was designed and someone had to be the designer.
      • Thomas Aquinas argued the overall order evident in the world as a proof for a designer.
        • It goes back to Plato who said that the human body, with all its particles and elements, must owe its origin to the "royal mind soul and mind in the nature of Zeus".


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