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 Fifth Argument
The Fifth Argument, presented by St. Thomas Aquinas, is a very interesting way of providing the evidence of God. This argument is often called "teleological argument " or "argument from design". Fundamental to his argument was that the world is full of non - intelligent material things which produce beneficial order. The author stated that for these non - intelligent things to produce beneficial order, they require an intelligent…
October 30, 2013
Changes of Disobedience of Speed limits
As people have we become more and more inpatient with our driving abilities? Are we such in a hurry that it can cause our life to be taken? What if you believed that by keeping the speed limit low it would be easier to avoid getting into an accident or being aware of an accident getting ready to occur? The problem of today’s driving is that people are too comfortable getting…
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…
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…
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:…
a) Explain the key ideas of the design argument
The Design argument tries to prove the existence of God by saying that because different aspects of our universe are so perfectly able to fulfil functions and seem to have their own purpose they must have been the cause of design. As the Universe is so complex, beyond anything that a human could have created, it must have been designed by a designer of much greater intelligence, God. In relation to this, Richard Swinburne, a modern theistic…
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…
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…
a. Outline the Key Concepts of the Design Argument [21 marks]
The design argument is also referred to at the Teleological Argument stemmed from the Greek work ‘Telos’ meaning end or purpose. It is an ‘A posterior’ argument (from experience) based on our empirical senses and it is synthetic meaning that it is from observation. The argument is also inductive meaning there a number of possible conclusions. The main basis of the Teleological argument is based on a designer commonly known as ‘the…