The Teleological Argument

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What is Arthur Brown's argument?
The ozone layer protects us from radiation, is "mighty proof of the creator's forethought."
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What is Mark Twain's argument?
That man overstates his importance in the universe. "Man exists because of the world, not the other way around."
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What is the anthropic principle?
The idea the purpose of the universe is to sustain human life.
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What is the aesthetic principle?
Natural selection doesn't explain why man has an "appreciation for music, art, literature and other beautiful things."
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What is Richard Swinburne's argument?
A fine tuning argument - "the earth is too finely tuned to be like this on its own." Science can explain aspects, but not how "occurrences have organised themselves over a period of time to work in mankind's favour."
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What is William Paley's book?
Natural Theology
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What is Frederick Tennant's book?
Philosophical Theology
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What is Richard Swinburne's book?
Is There a God?
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What is David Hume's book?
Philosophy of Religion
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What is Richard Dawkins book?
The Blind Watchmaker
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What is St. Thomas Aquinas' book?
Summa Theologia
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What is St. Thomas Aquinas' argument?
Arrow/archer analogy. Since the arrow cannot fire itself, there needs to be an "intelligent force" behind it
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What is David Hume's argument?
Paley's analogy is weak as the objects being compared do not have enough relevant similarities.
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What did Plato and Cicero speak of?
A "higher intelligent being."
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What kind of argument is the teleological argument?
An a posteriori, inductive argument, as there is no definite proof of God's existence.
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That man overstates his importance in the universe. "Man exists because of the world, not the other way around."

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What is Mark Twain's argument?

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The idea the purpose of the universe is to sustain human life.

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Natural selection doesn't explain why man has an "appreciation for music, art, literature and other beautiful things."

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A fine tuning argument - "the earth is too finely tuned to be like this on its own." Science can explain aspects, but not how "occurrences have organised themselves over a period of time to work in mankind's favour."

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