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The Teleological (Design)
Aquinas and Paley.…read more

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· Many object in the world without innate
intelligence perform in a way that produces
the best results ­ they are designed this way.
· This proves that there is an intelligent
designer behind everything in our world ­
God.…read more

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He went on to use the analogy of an arrow:
· An arrow reaches its target because an archer
directs it there.
· By taking that example across nature, Aquinas
said that the reason objects in our world
perform their job efficiently is because they
were designed to do so.…read more

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Aquinas started with an empirical fact,
everything is nearly always adapted to fulfil its
· He then moved on to an analogy, to prove his
· But what if you don't think you can compare
an arrow to things such as the life cycle of a
butterfly?…read more

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· `In crossing a heath, suppose I pitch my foot
against a stone, and were I asked how the
stone came to be there, I might possibly
answer, that for all I knew to the contrary it
had lain there forever. `
· However, he said that if he came across a
watch, this explanation wouldn't do because a
watch is clearly an intricate piece of
workmanship.…read more

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The watches parts are clearly designed `and put
together for a purpose, e.g. they are so formed
and adjusted as to produce motion, and that
motion so regulated as to point out the hour of the
· If any of the parts had been shaped differently or
put together in a different order the watch
wouldn't work.
· He concluded that all the parts of the watch had
been designed and assembled in the right order
by a watchmaker for the purpose of keeping time.…read more

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