Single Idea 6966

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique]

Full Idea

If the universe is more like animal bodies and vegetables than works of human art, it is more probable that its cause resembles the cause of the former than of the latter, and its cause should be ascribed to generation rather than to reason of design.

Gist of Idea

Creation is more like vegetation than human art, so it won't come from reason


David Hume (Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion [1751], Part 7)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' [Penguin], p.86