Teleological argument and criticisms

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What does teleological mean?
It means 'an end, purpose or goal' to something -dervives from the word telos
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What analogy is used to explain Aquinas' argument?
An archer driving an arrow - God drives non-intelligent beings to their end
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How do things lacking knowledge act?
They act designedly, not fortuitously
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What does design qua purpose mean?
That the universe demands an intelligent designer i.e God
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What does design qua regularity mean?
That design requires an intelligent designer and that the universe is ordered - God
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What does Hume mean when he says the watch analogy is unsound?
You cannot attribute the universe and a watch o be on the same level - too complex
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What does the teleological argument lead to?
A non-moral God -if design is a feature of the universe, why would God design one with such suffering?
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What does John Stuart Mill say?
That natural atrocities go unpunished so cannot be attributes to a Christian God
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What is the Tennyson quote?
"Nature red in tooth and claw" meaning that nature bad but natural
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Who focuses on simplicity in the universe?
Swinburne - the theory of Ockham's razor could be applied here
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