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The design argument
· the design argument is also called the teleological argument. This comes from the
Greek word, telos which means order or purpose.
The first form of the design argument is the analogical argument, which use analogies as
there main argument. The second is inductive argument which draws from the observation of
the world and its order.
The design argument was dated back to Plato's time, who argued the human
body, due to how complicated it was must owe its origin to 'the royal mind soul
and mind in the nature of Zeus', meaning to a god. The design argument is now
a theistic argument, meaning it tries to prove the Christian God exist.
· It argue parts of the universe are so perfect it shows evidence of a
deliberate designer. This designer has to be greater than humanity as
we cant produce anything similar which leads to the conclusion of God.
Order seen in
The universe
Exhibits beauty
Suitability for
Human life
Works towards
An end or goal
Main aspects of
The design

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It also relies on how exact everything in our universe for human life, slight changes for
instance distance from the sun would cause the world to change and humanity not to exist.
The same problem is with so many aspects of human life. These can be explained as one huge
coincidence but the main argument is the probability of that is far too remote. It rejects the
idea of chance, and argues this is not a complete explanation.
Aquinas fifth way.…read more

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This sort of argument was criticised by David Hume, he argues analogy's could not argue
for a designer, or the nature of the designer.
· You also cant use something human,that we know have been designed that we
understand, to represent something we know nothing about.(David Hume)
· Another criticism is that why not ask of the stone? Which is also complex and has
· There is also the assumption of order, where there may not be any.…read more

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Dawkins argues that its unlikely that the universe came round by a single chance, he argues it came by a series of chanc
each one making the next more likely. He also counter argues the idea of the universe having a purpose, as this is a
human concept and we see purpose were there may be none because as a race we are purpose beings.
This argument is successful at not necessary proving God designed the universe but that there might be evidence of
design.…read more


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