Aquinas' teleological argument

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  • Created on: 15-05-12 10:33

The teleoloigcal argument states that the universe shows complex signs of deisgn and as these signs of design are much more complex than anything that humans can make, it must be a supreme being that created the universe thus it states that God created the universe.

Aquinas fomulated his version of the teleological argument by observing that there is more good than bad in the universe and also that there are complex interactions in the universe that require a designer to explain why they came into existence. To do this he used his 5th way and his argument by regularity.

His 5th way argued that the order in the universe could not have happen by chance as it is much too complex. In particular he noticed that ‘natural bodies’ behaved in a regular way and daffodils bloom every spring. He concluded that there must be a designer that made these things occur as


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