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28. God / D. Proofs of Evidence / 3. Teleological Proof critique

[denying that order and harmony prove God]

22 ideas
Democritus said people imagined gods as the source of what awed or frightened them [Democritus ,by Sext.Empiricus]
People used to think anything helpful to life was a god, as the Egyptians think the Nile a god [Prodicus]
The universe can't have been created by gods, because it is too imperfect [Lucretius]
If everything with regular movement and order is divine, then recurrent illnesses must be divine [Cicero]
You can't infer the cause to be any greater than its effect [Hume]
Analogy suggests that God has a very great human mind [Hume]
How can we pronounce on a whole after a brief look at a very small part? [Hume]
Why would we infer an infinite creator from a finite creation? [Hume]
From our limited view, we cannot tell if the universe is faulty [Hume]
The universe may be the result of trial-and-error [Hume]
A design argument implies that the cause is like its effect, so God must contain the defects of the world [Hume ,by PG]
If the world is designed why does it have unnecessary things like our second eye, camels, sheep or magnets? [Hume ,by PG]
Judging by the design, God is finite, imperfect, may not be the designer, and may be a team of gods [Hume ,by PG]
If we infer God from an analogy with a watch, he must have human characteristics like sexuality, infancy or senility [Hume ,by PG]
Maybe the motions of the world converge on efficient structures, without divine intervention [Hume ,by PG]
Creation is more like vegetation than human art, so it won't come from reason [Hume]
Order may come from an irrational source as well as a rational one [Hume]
Patterns in numbers look like divine design, until you discover that they are inevitable [Hume ,by PG]
Using God to explain nature is referring to something inconceivable to explain what is in front of you [Kant]
From our limited knowledge we can infer great virtues in God, but not ultimate ones [Kant]
The wonderful design of a woodpecker looks diabolical to its victims [James]
Things with parts always have some structure, so they always appear to be designed [James]