WILLIAM PALEY "WATCH THEORY"

A EXPLANATION OF THE WATCH THEORY

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WILLIAM PALEY

Again referring to Genesis, Christians say the world is like it is because God designed it this way.

In particular, "God created human beings in His image." (Genesis 1)

"In his image" means humans are like God; having awareness, free will, and a sense of right and wrong.

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WATCH THEORY WILLIAM PALEY

The Design Argument, proposed by William Paley, says God must exist because the natural world appears to be designed. Things are complex and fit for a purpose. Paley explained this using his "watch analogy."

Non-believers often mention Darwin's Theory of Evolution as a scientific explanation of the complexity in nature. They believe that the chance process of Natural selection explains life on earth where only the fittest survive.

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WATCH THEORY WILLIAM PALEY

Non-believers may also object to the idea of God as a designer because of the random cruelty present in nature.

Many believers accept that the Big Bang and theory of evolution do enlarge our understanding of these ultimate questions. But they also feel that they can be seen as complementary to faith in God.

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