Aquinas and the Teleological Argument

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In what two things did Aquinas discuss the design argument?
In his Summa Theologica and in the fifth of his five ways of proving God's existence.
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What is the fifth way taken from?
The governance of the world.
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What things do we see that act for an end?
Things which lack knowledge such as natural bodies.
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What is the sight of things which lack knowledge and act for an end evident from?
Their acting always, or nearly always, in the same way, so as to obtain the best result.
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What is it due to that things reach their end?
Design.
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What cannot move towards an end?
Whatever lacks knowledge.
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How can things that lack knowledge reach their end?
If directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence.
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What is the intelligent being that exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end?
God.
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What did Aquinas argue from about proof of a designer?
Design qua regularity.
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Everything in the world works together to achieve what?
Order.
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What do inanimate objects not have?
No mind or rational powers to achieve order.
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What analogy did Aquinas use to explain a designer and natural bodies?
The archer and arrow.
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Explain the archer and arrow analogy.
For an arrow to reach its destination it must be directed first of all by the archer. In the same way natural bodies are directed by a designer to reach their end who is God.
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