B it is the product of intelligence now inspect

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B) It is the product of intelligence. Now, inspect natural organisms – you discover that they too are very intricate and adapted. Hypotheses: A) The organisms were accidentally produced by natural processes. B) They are products of intelligence. The problem is that there is also, say, C) Darwin’s evolution theory So now – we have to employ various considerations to decide between C and B. Pages 53 – 84:
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- Cosmological argument: all cite general features of the whole universe as evidence of God - Goal-directed systems (act on own but don’t have minds) - Aristotle and Aquinas thought that everything, whether living or not, should be understood teleologically – as a goal-directed system - Global design argument: focuses on a more specific feature that one or more object in the universe has and claims that the hypotheses that God exists is the best or the only plausible explanation of that fact - Local design argument: focuses on a more specific feature that one or more object in the universe has and claims that the hypotheses that God exists is the best or the only plausible explanation of that fact - Paley’s Watch: A1) Random hypothesis (accidentally produced) H2) The Design Hypothesis (product of intelligence) The Analogy - The Design Argument claims that there is something we observe that is best explained by the hypothesis that there is a God - David Hume argues analogy form (pg. 58) [watches + organism are different; thinks that argument must be inductive] - Chloe (Evolution and Creationism) - Creationists – present day differences of the design argument - Theistic evolution: says that God set mindless evolutionary processes in motion - Atheistic evolution: claims that there is a God, but otherwise disagrees with theistic evolution - Creationism maintains that mindless evolutionary processes are incapable of giving rise to
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  • Fall '08
  • Ray
  • Evolution, Teleological argument, Intelligent design

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