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Single Idea 21287

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

Full Idea

The universe goes on in a succession of chaos and disorder. But is it not possible that it may settle at last, so as not to lose its inherent motion and active force, yet so as to produce a uniformity of appearance, amidst the continual fluctuation.

Gist of Idea

The universe could settle into superficial order, without a designer


David Hume (Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion [1751], Part 8)

Book Reference

'The Existence of God', ed/tr. Hick,John [Macmillan 1964], p.111

A Reaction

From what I know of the constant fluctuation of virtual particles (e.g. inside protons) this is exactly what actually is happening. There is an 'appearance' of order, but at the lowest level this is not the case.