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Teleological Argument

Telos - purpose

-A teleological or design argument is a posteriori argument for the existence of God based on apparent design and purpose in the universe. 

-Focuses on an interest in regularity 

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Teleological Argument

Another approach could be to identify things about the world that could not be different without tremendous implications for human life.

eg. if the axis of the earth were slightly different

These features could be explained as the result of one huge coincidence, but the design argument tries to show that the delicate balance of the universe is such that the probability of it coming about by chance is far too remote. 

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Analogical Argument

Depends on drawing an analogy between the world or it's parts and objects of human design.

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Teleological Argument

Inductive Argument

Based on the observation that the universe demonstrates regular motion both in it's parts and in the whole. 

to talk of regularity, is to talk of a system that abides by laws or rules, if obedience to rules is evident in the universe it is reasonable to ask who or what put those rules in place.

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Teleological Argument

Questions raised by the design argument 'why is the universe as it is?' :

Order: regularities in the behaviour of objects and laws in the universe

Benefit: the universe is an orderly structure and provides all that is necessary for life

Purpose: objects within the universe appear to be working towards an end or purpose

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Suitability for human life: The order exhibited by the             universe, provides the ideal environment for human life to                                                       exist

Appearance: the appearance of the universe, which could     be said to exhibit beauty, suggests that it is intended for something more than basic survival. 

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