argument from design


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argument from design

n
(Theology) another name for teleological argument
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What he wanted to destroy was the most common basis for believing in God--the argument from design, sometimes called the cosmological or teleological argument.
In the end Plantinga sees design arguments to fail as proofs of a designer, but then distinguishes design argument from design discourse.
Instead, Jager argues that the centrality of the argument from design suggests that Romanticism neither marks the beginning nor the intensification of the "secularization of inherited theological ideas and ways of thinking" as M.
Marginal symbols indicate such categories as legislation and legal cases, argument from design and Intelligent Design, the age of earth, and social Darwinism and eugenics.
If this convergence is merely felt, then, as Jager acknowledges, those less sympathetic to the argument from design would argue that it is merely rhetoric that relies upon the persuasiveness of its implementation to be convincing.
Conversely, radicals who denied the argument from design had to explain how the "random" collisions of material particles could result in a structured universe.
Creationism's best offering is simply the old Argument from Design, dressed up in pretty new clothes.
The old argument from design in Nature, as given by Paley, which formerly seemed to me so conclusive, fails, now that the law of natural selection has been discovered.
By this, I do not mean to suggest that she discounts the fact that the Argument from Design supplied a crucial vocabulary for some religious communities to negotiate the tensions between biblical and nonbiblical accounts of nature.
Plato formulated the argument from design, an argument for the existence of God based on evidence of the perceived order, design, or purpose in nature.
A different type of argument from design, however, one quite distinct from the type advanced by Paley, Behe, and others and not vulnerable to the same criticisms, can be advanced.