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The Design Argument
Key Guy: William Paley…read more

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Design
Which of these three is the odd
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What is Design?
Any complex mechanism is designed for a purpose. Design
involves things working to a plan to produce something that
was intended.
If you look at a car you see that fuel powers an engine, which
turns a shaft, which turns the wheels and so makes the car
move.
This complexity suggests thought has gone into the way a car
works, therefore the suggestion is there is a designer.…read more

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In pairs work out how the following examples from nature show
evidence of design. Explain each on file paper.…read more

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More Evidence of Design!
Laws of Science
· A reason why some people think the universe is designed is because
the universe work according to laws. The laws of gravity, magnetism,
light, sound all involve complex things working together.
DNA
· DNA appears to many to be another piece of evidence for design.
· DNA is a nucleic acid that forms the material of all living things. DNA
replicates by splitting the helix to form new cells.
· DNA appears to shoe complex design and evidence of a designer.
Evolution
· Some scientists also see evidence of design in the process of evolution
where complex life forms develop from simpler ones.
Beauty of Nature
· Sunsets, mountains, landscape, animals all have beauty suggesting
they have been made or created by something.…read more

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William Paley (1743 ­ 1805)
Paley's Watch
" If you come across a watch in an uninhabited
place, you would not say it had been put there
by chance. The complexity of its mechanism
would make you say it had a designer. The
universe is a far more complex mechanism than
a watch, and so, if a watch needs a
watchmaker, the universe needs a universe
maker. As the only being that could design the
universe would be God, it follows that God
must exist."
Explain Paley's idea in your own words.…read more

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