The Teleological (Design) Argument

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  • The Teleological (Design) Argument
    • Posteriori
      • The orderly behavior of the universe and the intricacies of living things are only possible if designed by the conscious mind
    • Aquinas
      • Fifth way -  Argument from design
        • Intricate design and existance prove divine being
    • Paley 19th century
      • Analogy of the watch
        • Such intricate design has a purpose even if unclear
          • Defects in the watch would not effect this
          • cant  pretund the worlds structure is imagined/random
    • Hume's criticisms 18th Century
      • cant compare nature with mechanics
        • Analogy of the watch
          • Such intricate design has a purpose even if unclear
            • Defects in the watch would not effect this
            • cant  pretund the worlds structure is imagined/random
      • The virtues of the universe may not be due to the maker (carpenter and ship)
      • Virtues may be trial and ever
        • Defects are inexperience/incompetence
      • The maker is like his creation (cruel God)
    • Mills Criticisms 19th century
      • Nature is cruel
        • Is the creator cruel?
        • childbirth
        • natural disaster
      • Contradicts Divine attributes
      • Nature isn't  fair
      • Not well designed due to evil
    • Darwin's Theory of Evolution
      • Mutations produce variations and then natural selection leads to survival of the fittest
      • Counteracts Judaeo-Christian idea of God
        • Didnt Create Humanity
        • Earth wasn't perfect - evolution
      • Could still support a divine being that started it all
      • Same could be seen for the universe. Supports idea of he multiverse. By chance that Earth supports life
    • Nothing to compare the universe too
    • Problem of evil

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