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28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / b. Teleological Proof

[order and harmony of nature proves God exists]

31 ideas
Heraclitus says intelligence draws on divine reason [Heraclitus, by Sext.Empiricus]
Past, present and future, and the movements of the heavens, were arranged by Mind [Anaxagoras]
Soul must be the cause of all the opposites, such as good and evil or beauty and ugliness [Plato]
If all the motions of nature reflect calculations of reason, then the best kind of soul must direct it [Plato]
An Order controls all things [Aristotle]
The world can't be arranged at all if there is nothing eternal and separate [Aristotle]
If tuneful flutes grew on olive trees, you would assume the olive had some knowledge of the flute [Zeno of Citium]
The ascending scale of living creatures requires a perfect being [Cleanthes, by Tieleman]
It is obvious from order that someone is in charge, as when we visit a gymnasium [Cicero]
If a person cannot feel the power of God when looking at the stars, they are probably incapable of feeling [Cicero]
If the barbarians of Britain saw a complex machine, they would be baffled, but would know it was designed [Cicero]
Chance is no more likely to create the world than spilling lots of letters is likely to create a famous poem [Cicero]
God's eternal power and deity are clearly seen in what has been created [Paul]
The original substance lacked motion or shape, and was given these by a cause [Sext.Empiricus]
Soul is author of all of life, and of the stars, and it gives them law and movement [Plotinus]
The regular events of this life could never be due to chance [Boethius]
True believers see that Allah made the night for rest and the day to give light [Mohammed]
Way 5: mindless things act towards an obvious end, so there is an intelligent director [Aquinas]
The elegance of the solar system requires a powerful intellect as designer [Newton]
If the universe is a perfect agreement of uncommunicating substances, there must be a common source [Leibniz]
All substances are in harmony, even though separate, so they must have one divine cause [Leibniz]
The laws of physics are wonderful evidence of an intelligent and free being [Leibniz]
It has been proved that creation is the workmanship of God, from its beauty and usefulness [Berkeley]
The thing which contains order must be God, so see God where you see order [Hume]
Unlike a stone, the parts of a watch are obviously assembled in order to show the time [Paley]
From the obvious purpose and structure of a watch we must infer that it was designed [Paley]
Even an imperfect machine can exhibit obvious design [Paley]
All the signs of design found in a watch are also found in nature [Paley]
No organ shows purpose more obviously than the eyelid [Paley]
Design is seen in the way ideas match the world, in the mechanisms of evolution, and in values [Tennant,FR, by PG]
The universe exhibits design either in its sense of purpose, or in its regularity [Davies,B]