Paley and the Teleological Argument

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In what book did William Paley develop his own version of the teleological argument?
Natural Theodicy (1802).
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What analogy did Paley use to explain his teleological argument?
The analogy of the watchmaker.
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Explain the analogy of the watchmaker.
A man walks across a heath and he comes across a stone and a pocket watch. He concludes the stone has been there forever and it has no purpose. He cannot make the same conclusions about the pocket watch as it has intricacies for a purpose.
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Give an example of an intricacy in nature.
The eye.
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What did Paley compare the eye to?
The telescope.
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What did Paley state about the eye and telescope?
"There is precisely the same proof that the eye was made for vision as there is that the telescope was made for assisting it".
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Give another example of an intricacy in nature.
The planets. The rotation of them due to the existence of gravity and the laws of motion were even more evidence of a divine hand at work in the Universe.
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