Teleological Argument for God’s Existence

by Robert Driskell

Most Christians have a presupposition that the Bible is true.  These Christians do not have to have the Bible proven to them; they accept it as God’s Word.  They accept it as containing the very words that God wanted written, and they accept those Words as containing everything necessary to the knowledge of salvation (2 Corinthians 4:6, 10:5; Ephesians 1:17, 4:13; Colossians 1:9-10, 2:2-3, 3:10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25; Philemon 1:6; 2 Peter 1:2; and many more).  I am one of those Christians.

However, the lost do not accept the authority of the Bible.  Therefore, the believer may use this method of getting the unbeliever’s attention, thereby opening the door to a conversation that may lead the unbeliever to become a believer. This presentation of evidence pointing to the existence of God is another means that can assist the Christian in spreading the Gospel to a lost and hurting world.

An Overview of the Teleological Argument

The Teleological Argument gets its name from the Greek word ‘telos’ which means ‘purpose’ or ‘ultimate end’ (Powell, p. 51). Teleology is the study of a thing’s purpose or design (Powell, p. 51).

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The Teleological Argument for the existence of God is also sometimes called the Design Argument.  This is because the argument is based on the observance of the design we see in the universe around us.  The most common analogy for this argument goes something like this: If you were walking in a field and came across a stopwatch, would you say the stopwatch just formed all by itself, or would you say it was designed and created by an intelligence?  Is it reasonable to think that all the parts formed by random chance and then it assembled itself, or was assembled by random naturalistic forces?  On the other hand, would the intricacy and precision of its design and construction point to an intelligent designer and a watchmaker of sufficient means to have created it?

The answer is obvious; no sane person would imagine the stopwatch just came randomly into existence.  Its very design, complexity, and organization point to an intelligent entity (in this case, a watchmaker) as its creator.  This is the essence of the Teleological Argument for the existence of God.  The universe reveals an intricacy and precision that calls for the existence of an intelligent, powerful Creator, rather than a universe created by random chemical processes and unintelligent physical forces…


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