The design argument• G:FacultiesSocial SciencesREICT PackagesReligious EthicsSI_design.pps
Overview of the design argument Design is the result of intelligent thought The universe has the appearance of designThis suggests that a being with intelligence and thought designed the universe The universe is too complex to be designed by any other being than God Therefore God exists
Summary• Some Christians argue that the appearance of the world supports belief in God• The design argument is based on the principle that the world is so orderly and purposeful that it cannot have come about by chance, but is rather the work of a designing God.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 Can we see God in the design of the world? (Yellow pages 4-5) Aims: • Know what the causation argument is • Evaluate the causation argument • Compare and contrast Scientific and Religious ideas about creation
Overview of the causation argument Nothing can happen by itselfEverything that happens must be caused by something else The universe cannot have happened by itself A very powerful cause was necessary to bring the universe into being This cause has to be God Therefore, God exists
Which is the stronger argument and why?The design argument The causation argument
Summary:• The causation argument is based on the principle that nothing causes itself and it must therefore be caused by God.
Science, Religion or both?• A creationist explains his belief• Explanation of theistic evolution1. Outline the scientific explanation for the creation of the universe2. Explain why this might cause some people to doubt the existence of God
Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion • The God Delusion – part 1 • The God Delusion – part 2 1. Why does Richard Dawkins not believe in God?