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By Benjamin C. Jantzen

The heritage of layout arguments stretches again to ahead of Aquinas, who claimed that issues which lack intelligence however act for an finish to accomplish the easiest outcome. even supposing technological know-how has complicated to discredit this declare, it continues to be precise that many organic platforms exhibit striking diversifications of potential to ends. models of layout arguments have endured over the centuries and feature culminated in theories that suggest an clever clothier of the universe. This quantity is the single finished survey of 2,000 years of discussion, drawing on either historic and sleek literature to spot, make clear, and verify severely the numerous varieties of layout argument for the life of God. It offers a impartial, informative account of the subject from antiquity to Darwin, and comprises concise primers on chance and cosmology. will probably be of significant price to upper-level undergraduates and graduates in philosophy of faith, theology, and philosophy of technological know-how.

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I, 418. 0 7 Langer 1948, 80. See Copleston 1993, Vol. I, 379-84. 9 Copleston 1993, Vol. I, 380. 1° From Cicero's On Divination and quoted by P. G. Walsh in the introduction to Cicero 1998, pp. xxvi-xxvii. 33 34 An Introduction to Design Arguments practice. He faced the problem of embracing the traditional state religion of the Roman republic while simultaneously conceding that it provides fertile ground for pernicious superstition. His interest in the philosoph­ ical treatment of the existence of the gods appears then to have been one of practical concern, not theoretical curiosity.

He thinks that the question of god's existence was dispatched quite early in his dis­ course with a cursory version of the argument from order and a handful of other arguments such as an appeal to the general consensus of people. At this stage in the dialogue, he is attempting to demonstrate that not only was the universe created by an intelligent god, but that god cares for the well-being of humans. Nonetheless, the intellectual heirs of Cicero will use exactly the premises I've given here in an argument for the exist­ ence of god.

Again, Balbus does not present evidence of divine providence explicitly as an argument for the existence of the gods; he takes the fact of their existence to have been previously established, and claims to be arguing that the gods play an active role in governing the universe. But this also amounts to an additional argument in favor of the existence of the gods - evidence of providential governance allows us to infer design, which then entails a designer. This is how the Academic char­ acter, Cotta, seems to take the argument in his reply to Balbus (see Book III of De natura deorum).

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