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The Design Argument…read more

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Basic facts (first paragraph)
· Teleological argument ­ Concerned with
purpose and order in the world ­must have a
· Classical roots - Cicero an sky.
· Inductive ­ based on observation and
experience ­ Aquinas' fifth way.
· Analogical ­ based on comparison between
the world and human design.…read more

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Evidence that the world has been
· Order
· Benefit
· Purpose
· Suitability
· Appearance…read more

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Aquinas' fifth way
· Inductive.
· 13th century.
· Non ­ rational beings behave in an organised,
purposeful way that is beneficial.
· E.g. migrating birds.
· This beneficial order must have an intelligent
design source which must be God.…read more

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William Paley's watch
· Analogical.
· 18th/19th century.
· Watch is like the world.
· Paley does not suggest that God designed the watch!
· If a you came across a stone you would not believe
that it had a designer, however a watch has an end
goal (to tell the time) so a designer must have been
· Complexity and purpose suggests a designer.
· Only proves a designer not what he is like.…read more

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Aesthetic Argument
· F R Tennent ­ `nature is saturated with beauty'.
· Beauty is a part of order ­ changing seasons
reflects our dislike of chaos.
· Unnecessary beauty on a telescopic and
microscopic scale e.g. galaxies and snowflakes.
· Includes our ability to appreciate beauty in art,
music poetry etc.
· What appears ugly to us is beautiful to God ­ we
just can't see the beauty like God can.…read more

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