What Are The Strengths Of The Teleological Argument? Essay

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What are the strengths of the teleological argument?
The teleological argument is an a posteriori style of argument, also known as an empirical argument which uses the evidence using observations of the world through the five senses to argue the existence of God. The argument is based on an interpretation of teleology in which purpose or telos appear to exist in nature. The teleological argument suggests that, given this premise, the existence of a designer can be assumed, typically presented as God. Because the design argument needs and looks for the evidence to prove the existence of God, by saying ‘God exists’ it’s a synthetic statement. Furthermore for empiricists, the existence of God is said to be factually necessary (de re) because the design argument relies on the use of evidence and experiences.
This is considered a strength of the teleological argument because a posteriori arguments use inductive reasoning (reasoning from detailed facts to general principles). Inductive arguments never prove their conclusions; they just make you understand their probability . And so anybody could go look at the evidence, test it and would be able to argue with it. By using probability, empiricists decide whether something is more probable. This is shown as a strength because by using probability a posteriori arguments use scientific evidence to back up arguments. Yet using science and observations can be seen as a flaw.
A further strength presented by Aquinas for the…

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