The argument from design argues from the order, adaptation, and directionality evident in the cosmos that an intelligent designer (whom theologians call God) must have brought it into being. In religion and science discussions this argument has held a prominent place historically and is continually reformulated in response to discoveries and challenges from science. There is an ongoing discussion among scientists as to whether the cosmos in fact manifests sufficient order, adaptation, and directionality to indicate design. Discussion continues among theologians as well concerning the effectiveness and limitations of an argument from design for establishing the existence of God.
See also Creation; Creationism; Creation Science; Design; Intelligent Design; Teleological Argument
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