Is Believing in God Reasonable? Pt. 3: The Teleological Evidence
The fact that there is design and symmetry gives strong evidence for a Designer.
–If randomness and uncontrolled chance events were the mechanism for the beginning of our universe why is there noticeable order rather than random chaos?
–Why can we tell the difference between design and chaotic or haphazard construction?
Heb. 3:4—For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
William Paley (1743-1805) gave one of the most popular arguments for design in his book Natural Theology the story of the Watchmaker. He insisted that if someone found a watch in an empty field lying among some rocks, one would rightly conclude that it had a watchmaker because of its design and complexity as opposed to the surrounding rock. Even if you had never seen the watchmaker or didn’t know what a watch was, the complexity and order (interlocking dials, precision parts, springs, moving implements all working together) implied design. He argued the greater the design difference (rock to watch) the more likely a designer. The greatest of differences (watch to universe) implied a Great Designer.
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He argued that upon finding the watch you were left with 2 choices
1. Nature, time and chance worked together to bring about the order you see
2. Some intelligent mind brought about the order and design you see
An explosion in a junkyard doesn’t make a working red mustang convertible—you only get more random, less useful junk! (Without God there wouldn’t even be ‘junk’ in the junkyard to explode in the first place, because matter isn’t created from nothing)
Explosions on a local or cosmic scale never have a positive creative or designing effect, always destructive and random. While energy might change forms, increasingly complex design is never created through random uncontrolled energy placed on matter…
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