Tuesday, April 15, 2008

teleological argument

St. Thomas Aquinas, by Fra AngelicoA teleological argument (or a design argument) is an argument for the existence of God or a creator based on perceived evidence of order, purpose, design and/or direction in nature. The word "teleological" is derived from the Greek word telos, meaning end or purpose. Teleology is the supposition that there is purpose or directive principle in the works and processes of nature.

The argument

The teleological argument is consistent with Romans 1:20:
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."(Romans 1:20, Paul of Tarsus)
Although there are variations, the basic argument can be stated as follows:
  1. X is too (complex, orderly, adaptive, apparently purposeful, and/or beautiful) to have occurred randomly or accidentally.

  2. Therefore, X must have been created by a (sentient, intelligent, wise, and/or purposeful) being.

  3. God is that (sentient, intelligent, wise, and/or purposeful) being.

  4. Therefore, God exists.


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