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mod8-22Design - Module VIII Session 22 The Design Argument...

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Module VIII Module VIII Session Session 22 22 The Design Argument The Design Argument Read Stewart: 145 Read Stewart: 145 - - 153 153 & & Aquinas Aquinas God Exists God Exists (blackboard) (blackboard)
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Highlights Read: St. Thomas Aquinas, Read: St. Thomas Aquinas, “There Exists a God There Exists a God ” & & Review Review “five ways five ways ” of thinking about God of thinking about God ’s existence: s existence: Module VII Way 1/ from Change Way 2/ from Causation Way 3/ from Contingency ____________________ Way 4/ from Degrees of Reality (you will not be asked about this) ____________________ Module VIII Way 5/ from Design
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The Argument From Design, Also Called The Teleological Argument The Argument From Design, Also Called The Teleological Argument (Plato, (Plato, Timaeus Timaeus ; St. Thomas Aquinas, Fifth Way; William Paley, Natural Theology ; St. Thomas Aquinas, Fifth Way; William Paley, Natural Theology ) •1 / W e observe ordered tendencies, regularities in nature •( a posteriori method, from inductive reasoning). • 2/ The world seems to be ordered as a cosmos rather than chaos , it follows the purpose or goal ( telos ). • 3/ But only someone who is self-aware knower can present such a goal. • 4/ We call such a Designer “God.”
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Objections to Design From Evolution Objections to Design From Evolution William Paley’s analogy – the watch : the watchmaker :: the world: Designer David Hume’s objection : Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (published 33 years before Paley’s) – By the ordered universe (
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