The Infinity and Unity of the Designer In the Dialogues, Hume argues that the design argument fails because it cannot demonstrate that God is infinite and perfect, or that there is only one God. Certainly, Hume has a point here. No matter how wonderful and intricate the design of the world may be, it is always possible that it is the result of a very great, but finite and imperfect designer. However, if we are looking, not for a demonstration of the existence of God, but only for evidence that makes God's existence probable, there do seem to be considerations that point decisively toward an infinite God. First, there is the issue of the simplicity of the explanation. As I argued in my last lecture, the theistic hypothesis is simple in two ways. First, it involves only simple numbers and quantities, like zero and infinity. Simpler explanations are always more probable than unnecessarily complex ones. We have no reason to introduce the added complexity of placing finite bounds on God's intelligence. Second, an infinite mind can be much simpler in its internal constitution than
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