The Teleological Argument for the existence of God is positioned firmly on fairly solid ground. However, this solid ground may have a few splinters. The basis of the argument relies on the intricate nature of the universe and the life that inhabits this Earth, claiming that since everything that is around us works in such a complex, organized, and nearly perfect manner, there must be an intelligent designer behind these works of nature. The first three premises state that human artifacts have purpose, or intelligent design, and that nature resembles these artifacts by having organization and function, only significantly more intricate than human artifacts. It is supported even within science by looking at how delicate life is, and that even if something as small as the size of neurons and protons were not the exact proportion as they are, life would be impossible. Some argue this thesis in accordance to Darwinian evolution, saying that there is no intelligent design, but rather a random process of trial and error. This can be negated, as the book explains, by suggesting evolution’s trial and error to be the design. I can accept this rebuttal. What I have a problem with most is how the Teleological Argument can explain something like extinction, specifically the annihilation of dinosaurs. An intelligent designer would not make an entire group of inhabitants for this planet, a group that took a lot of time, organization, and even evolution to come into existence, just to
The Teleological/Design Argument
for the Existence of God
Key introductory points
The teleological/design argument suggests that the world in which man lives is so complex and ordered (among other characteristics) that it could not have come about by chance. In order for it to be as we currently see the world, it must have been designed, ultimately by a designer whom some call ‘God’.
It is an old argument, even predating Christianity. Kant commented that:…
Gaunilo is a theist
3. Conclusion of Anselm's argument: God exists (A being that which none greater can be conceived exists)
4. Conclusion of Gaunilo's argument: Anselm's argument is flawed/unsound. (A perfect island exists)
5. Gaunilo's analogy: Perfect island
Paley: Argument from design for the existence of God. (also known as: teleological argument)
*The basic idea behind any design argument:
-When you look in the world, you see evidence…
Explain Paley’s argument for the existence of God. 25 marks.
The teleological argument is one of the five arguments for the existence of God. It attempts to prove God’s existence by using our experience of the world or universe around us. Thus making it a posteriori in nature. Teleological arguments can essentially be broken down into two main types: pre-Darwinian and post-Darwinian. However, Pre-Darwinian are considered to be more traditional arguments. These arguments can be further broken down…
I will explain the main points from both the advocate of the teleological argument and the Theory of Evolution.
The Teleological Theory states that the world that we live in possesses a highly ordered structure, like a machine. Our world’s design is so intricate and complex that it must require a designer, a supreme mind. The supreme mind belongs to God. In the article by Rauhut, “Design Arguments”, the concept of the Teleological Theory is explained by using the example of finding a memory chip…
Does the Teleological Argument Prove the Existence of God?
No, quite frankly it doesn’t. Now don’t close your mind quite yet. Read me through. Let’s start with the definition of teleological so as to know exactly what I am attacking. The meaning of the teleological argument comes from telos, which means ‘purpose’, ‘end’, or ‘goal.’ The notion behind it presupposes a ‘purposer’ to have purpose, fulfill an end or attain a goal. Where we see things envisioned…
an Atheist" by H. J. McCloskey he states that the cosmological, teleological, and the argument from design are false. He also said that there is no definitive proof that God exists so we should forget the idea of God. The main issue that McCloskey has with God is because of the presence of evil in the world.
ARGUMENTS AS “PROOFS” ON THE CASE OF GOD
Throughout this article McCloskey uses the word “proof” when referring to arguments which he believes cannot absolutely authenticate a case for the existence…
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The teleological argument for the existence of God
The teleological argument, also called the argument from design, is the proof for the existence of the deity. Since there are many versions of the teleological argument, I should introduce at the very beginning of the passage that I would be mainly focus on Paley’s version of argument. In his Natural Theology, Paley simply states that when we see something is intended for a purpose, it’s reasonable…
require responses based on the views of McCloskey in contrast to different philosophical arguments of religion. Such arguments include the Cosmological Argument, Teleological Argument and the Problem of Evil. The paper will also include responses to other statements made by McCloskey about the existence of God overall and his role with the Universe contrasting with Atheism and Theism.
McCloskey refers to the arguments as “proofs” and often implies that they can’t definitively establish the case for God…
Reasoning – Lecture 14
I – Introduction: Theistic Arguments
We’ve seen that one religious claim that some have attempted to provide rational/scientific support for concerns the existence of God.
Instead of relying on tradition, faith or internal revelation, many theologians, philosophers, scientists, etc., have attempted to rationally and empirically prove that God exists.
Last week we examined one theistic argument: Aquinas’ cosmological argument.
This week we will examine another famous and highly…
when their faith alone was just not enough for them to believe. Humans have a natural instinct to find reasons for events that can't be explained. For some, the existence of God may help provide them the answers they are looking for. The ontological argument proposed by Saint Anselm of Canterbury in 1708 suggests "that than which nothing greater can be conceived", arguing that this could exist in the mind and what exists in the mind, must also exist in reality. "Even when a fool hears of a being than…