Teleological And Ontological Argument

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In discussions of the Teleological and Ontological arguments, one controversial issue is whether existence is a predicate or not. On one hand, the Ontological argument contends that existence is a predicate to perfection. On the other hand, Kant disputes that existence is not a “real predicate” to perfection because it does not give attributes to explain the existence of God, therefore, making existence a special case. I will be discussing the idea of a special case and how the Ontological argument fails to recognize the idea of it, where the Teleological argument strongly supports the idea of a special case by the idea of the intelligent designer. The Teleological argument avoids the idea of a predicate by explaining the attributes of why …show more content…
The existence of God rides on the claim that the universe is so intricately designed that only the work of an intelligent creator or namely God could have caused this to happen. Its main focuses are on the concepts of nature and reality, which are used to explain the existence of God. It does this by displaying how the universe is so intricately designed, that there is no way that something of that caliber could have occurred randomly, therefore, the existence of some sort of intelligent designer or being must be true. In the textbook, Damascene provides us with insight on the way the natural world is ordered in such a way that “nature is made up of things with opposite or contrary natures: fire and water, earth and air . . .” (Solomon & McDermind 135). Damascene shows us that not all the time does everything work on its own, but rather it need something or someone to keep it in order, thus being God, an intelligent designer. Textbook illustrates this well by stating that there must exist a being who binds the world together, without the help of a divine being the world would not be able to run in such an order without the whole world blowing up. This shows that the Teleological argument shows more support for the existence of God, but rather than stating God exists and including the word “exist” in the characteristics to support God’s existence, it gives a more detailed explanation. Kant’s objection doesn’t apply to the Teleological argument because it is going into details about existence and how an intelligent designer (God) must have created the world. The ideas from the Teleological argument support the idea of existence being a special case by giving existence attributes to support what existence

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