Argument From Design

Argument From Design - Argument From Design Before the...

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Argument From Design Before the theory of evolution was developed the argument from design was considered by many to be the strongest argument for the existence of God. Roughly, the argument goes like this. When we consider many of the things in the Universe, including ourselves and the Universe itself, their structure indicates that they have been designed. For example, the eye is a complex structure whose parts interact to contribute towards fulfilling a certain purpose: vision. So, we can consider the eye to be a mechanism designed to fulfill a certain purpose. But, no human being designed the eye. So, the eye must have a non-human designer. Who could that non-human designer be but God. William Paley puts the argument from design like this. If you came across a watch in a desert, you would conclude that it had been designed. You would conclude that it had been designed even if you had never come across a watch before, and had no idea what specific purpose it had been designed for. That is because you would be able to tell, from the way its parts interact, that the watch is a machine, and, so, must have had a designer. Likewise, we are able to tell, from the way its parts interact, that the Universe has a designer. There are two ways of taking Paley’s argument, and it is
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course PHI 107 taught by Professor Mattskene during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.

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