Teleological question on foundations paper

Definition

  • Aquinas (5th Way)
  • Paley
  • Parable of the Gardener
  • Definition
  • Observation
  • Telos

Strengths

  • Inductive / logical
  • A posteriori / evidence
  • Probability
  • Aesthetic
  • Providential
  • Anthropic
  • Co succession / co presence

Weaknesses

  • Inductive- only one of possible conclusions
  • Kant – order only apparent
  • Analogy too stretched “our experience…”
  • Beauty is necessary for survival; might be merely programming
  • Darwin, evolution, random changes, survival of the fittest, natural selection
  • Universe flawed; designer flawed
  • Arrogance of Man
  • Why God?

Evaluation

  • Ockham’s Razor
  • Leap too far
  • Doesn’t prove God’s existence
  • Even if design, could be mindless, says nothing more.
  • Modern science
  • Is God the simplest answer?

 


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