The Design Argument for the Existence of God

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The Design Argument for the Existence of God

The basis and structure towards the Design Argument is all about a

creator and designer whom set things and planned everything to be the

way it is today. Unlike the cosmological argument, the Design Argument

is a lot simpler to understand and has simple steps towards it. The

main point that the Design Argument claims is the fact that everything

in nature seems to be put together in just the right manner suggests

that an intelligent designer was responsible for its creation.

The most famous philosopher who commented on this argument was William

Paley with his argument by analogy by comparing the universe to a

watch. He states that certain parts are formed and adjusted as to

produce motion. However if a different size from what they are, or the

parts are placed in any other manner, or in any other order than that

in which they are placed, no motion at all would have been carried out

in watch. Therefore the watch in which he was observing is inevitable,

that the watch must have had a maker; that there must have existed, at

some time, and at some place or other, who formed it for the purpose

by constructing it carefully and thus designed its use. He then claims

that the same can be said for the universe as a whole. It seems to

show evidence of an intelligent designer as well. The parts of the

universe have an order, complexity and simplicity that resemble the

parts of a fastidiously constructed, precisionally watch. Hence it

seems, then, that the universe was fashioned by a sort of watchmaker


Another statement, which would support the Design Argument, is the

idea of the orderlin...

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Aquinas's version of the argument relies on a very strong claim that

the existence of any end-directed system or process can be explained

only by the existence of an intelligent being who directs that system

or process towards its end. Since the operations of all natural

bodies, on Aquinas's view, are directed towards some specific end

these operations can be explained only by the existence of an

intelligent being.

In conclusion there are many points, which support the case for the

existence of God. The theories of a planned world and the need for

intelligence to guide others are crucial. Paley and Aquinas both

agree that there is some creator or designer whom created the world in

a specific way and to perform tasks to the best of their best

abilities, however the reason why is the subject of another essay.
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