Design Argument

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How can the appearance of the world lead to belief in God?

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Design Argument

  1. 1. How can the appearance of the world lead people to believe in God? The argument from design
  2. 2. Today, you will learn: <ul><li>The key points of the design argument </li></ul><ul><li>Why the world might lead someone to belief in God </li></ul>
  3. 3. The argument explained: <ul><li>The world is so ordered and complex that it must have had a design, or plan </li></ul><ul><li>Things seem to have a purpose – such as the eye is ‘designed’ for seeing, which makes it seem that it was created </li></ul>
  4. 4. William Paley’s analogy: <ul><li>William Paley made an analogy (comparison) of a watch to the Earth </li></ul><ul><li>If you came across a watch, and examined it – you would not assume that its parts had simply come together by chance </li></ul><ul><li>Just like the watch – the world is ordered, and so couldn’t have come together by chance </li></ul><ul><li>This means the world (like the watch) needs a designer </li></ul><ul><li>This ‘designer’ or ‘watch-maker’ is God </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pros and Cons: <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing as a watch needs a creator – the universe must </li></ul><ul><li>Things in this world have purpose – and in order to have purpose, something needs to be created </li></ul><ul><li>Without order, benefit, purpose and suitability, something can’t exist – to have these things, something must be created. The universe has all four of these qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>The designer might not be God </li></ul><ul><li>All of the suffering in the world can’t have been intentionally created – and so, the universe wasn’t created </li></ul><ul><li>Why would a benevolent God create a world where people suffer? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Design Definition: <ul><li>When things are linked and seem to have a purpose, and so – need a creator </li></ul>
  7. 7. Question Time! <ul><li>A) What is design ? </li></ul><ul><li>B) Do you think God designed the world? Give two reasons for your point of view </li></ul><ul><li>C) Explain why the design argument leads some people to believe in God </li></ul><ul><li>D) ‘The design argument proves that God exists’ i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you </li></ul>
  8. 8. Design Video - Plenary <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPr3nsToJm0 </li></ul>

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