Teleological Design Argument

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The Teleological Argument The existence of God can be supported by the design argument or teleological arguments that conclude: since nature looks like it was designed, then nature was or has a designer which we call God. Not only is nature designed but things humans have created are designed also. In order to have something in existence, it must have a creator which must have designed that something. A number of arguments utilize design arguments in favor of the existence of God. Like the popular Paley’s watchmaker argument and the Fine-Tuning argument which all try to support God’s existence. We can clearly use many examples of nature or things in this world that call for the need of a designer in order to exist.
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“Suppose I found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place, I should hardly think … that, for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there. Yet why should not this answer serve for the watch as well as for a stone [that happened to be lying on the ground]?… For this reason, and for no other; namely, that, if the different parts had been differently shaped from what they are, if a different size from what they are, or placed after any other manner, or in any order than that in which they are placed, either no motion at all would have been carried on in the machine, or none which would have answered the use that is now served by it” (Paley 1867, 1). Paley is stating that if there was one mistake, or a part that was misplaced or rearranged, the watched then may have not functioned properly. Therefore, someone, a designer, had to design it in a way where it appropriately displayed time. We all know that only humans could design watches. So Paley argued that “just like a watchmaker can only design watches, so then only a designer could design us or every other living thing and the whole universe. Because we are even more complex than a simple watch means that we should have even a more intelligent designer that …show more content…
But another objection to the design arguments is that we do not have previous knowledge with other worlds that have life or universes, therefore we are not in a position to know if the existence of fine-tuned universes are explained by the action of an intelligent being. Or that there may be an infinite number of universes that explain the probability of life occurring from random chance. So because we do not have this essential information, we are not warranted to infer that God exists or that he created and designed a universe with life in it. Still we do not have this information of other universes, and we do not know if there are infinite universes. Using the knowledge we have, we can conclude that the more probable and likely hypothesis of life should be accepted. I believe that God who is a super-intelligent being designed the universe specifically for us in order to live in it, because there is a higher probability of an intelligent designer than random chance giving us order and

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