argument from design


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argument from design

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(Theology) another name for teleological argument
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No demonstration showed more forcefully how science led to nature's God than the argument from design. No proof of God compelled more nearly universal assent than the argument from design.
This became known as the Argument from Design. Maimonides, for example, had this to say as part of the "true meaning" of these verses of Psalms 94:9, 10: "Considering the humours of the eye, its membranes and nerves with their well known functions and their adaptation to the purpose of sight, can any intelligent person imagine that all this is due to chance"?
"In Darwin's own words, his goal in developing and establishing his theory was like committing a murder." 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.
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.
But these arguments are problematic, for they trade on analogies between human and divine intelligence (e.g., the argument from design) that we are in no position to verify if they are meaningful or true.
On the other hand, Park's marginalizing of these key figures raises problems connected, as I warned above, with her definition of the "Enlightenment." First, Newtonian physics could not do without God, inventor of the universe, a requirement that underlays the "First Cause" or "argument from design" justification for God's existence.
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.