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Argument From Design

Argument from design is a philosophical argument for the existence of God, which states that the order and complexity of the universe is evidence of an intelligent designer. This argument is based on the observation that the universe displays a complexity and order that is best explained by an intelligent designer. It is also known as the teleological argument, which is derived from the Greek word telos, meaning ‘end’ or ‘purpose’. Argument from design is an a posteriori argument, which means it is based on experience and empirical evidence.

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Argument From Design

The Argument From Design is a philosophical concept that states that the existence of the universe and its properties point to a designer or creator. This idea is based on the notion that the complexity, order, and beauty in the universe suggest some sort of intelligent design, since it is impossible to explain these elements as the result of mere randomness. The Argument From Design has been popularized by the 18th century philosopher William Paley, who used the analogy of a watchmaker to explain the idea. Paley articulated his argument in his 1802 book Natural Theology, in which he argued that one can observe that the universe is designed like a watch and, thus, must have had a designer. Other key works on the Argument From Design include Analogy of Religion by Joseph Butler and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume.

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