Teleological Argument

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Teleological Argument

According to the teleological argument, the order and complexity exhibited by the world are properly attributed to a purposive cause rather than a blind, undirected process. Historically, in looking for evidence of purpose, the argument has focused on the world as a whole, its laws, and structures within the world (notably life). The teleological argument has two recent incarnations. One employs the Anthropic Principle and focuses on the fine-tuning or "just-so" aspects of the physical universe required for human observers. The other constitutes a revival of design-theoretic reasoning in biology and is known under the rubric "intelligent design."

See also Design

william a. dembski

Teleological argument

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Teleological argument. A type of argument for God's existence starting from signs of order or purpose in the world; also known as the Argument from Design and the Physico-Theological Argument. St Thomas Aquinas' Fifth Way (Summa Theologiae, 1a, ii. 3) is an example of such an argument.

argument from design

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argument from design in Christian theology, the argument that God's existence is demonstrable from the evidence of design in the universe.