For and against
Read the statements and then decide whether they are for or against the teleological argument by dragging them to a side of the scale.
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- The universe exists and is not chaotic but orderly.
- The reasoning leading to the existence of God uses empirical principles.
- It is a centuries-old argument supported by many philosophers.
- it is an a posteriori argument and therefore based on empirical evidence.
- It supports many scientific notions.
- Similar effects have similar causes.
- Science tell us that laws exist but not why they exist.
- Nature seems to have laws that are constant.
- The universe seems fine-tuned for life for human beings.
- The universe could be the result of a lucky chance.
- It does not follow that the designer must be God.
- There is no way to verify the truth of design claims.
- The world resembles more a carrot than a watch.
- To know that the universe must arise from intelligence we would have to have experienced the origin of the universe.
- The analogy with machines makes God more human than divine.
- There are unpleasant features of nature such as earthquakes and disease.
- The universe is bound to have the appearance of design since there could be no universe if parts of it were not mutually adapted.
- If the universe were not orderly we would not be around to comment on it. So it is not surprising we find order.