Reconsidering the Place of Teleological Arguments for the Existence of God in the Light of the ID/Evolution Controversy
Graduate studies at Western
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 83:227 - 240 (2009)
|Abstract||Prompted by questions raised in the public arena concerning the validity of arguments for the existence of God based on "design" in the universe, I explore traditional teleological argument for the existence of God. Using the arguments offered by Thomas Aquinas as fairly representative of this classical line of argumentation going back to Aristotle, I attempt to uncover the hidden premises and construct arguments for the existence of God which are deductive in nature. To justify the premises of Aquinas’s argument, I begin by presenting an argument to justify the existence of "final causes," with a focus on answering questions about the biological implications of these causes for evolutionary theory. Then, I attempt to construct two teleological proofs for the existence of God. Finally, I offer some implications of this reasoning for the contemporary disputes over ID/evolution in education|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
R. G. Swinburne (1984). Arguments for the Existence of God. In J. Houston (ed.), Is It Reasonable to Believe in God? Handsel Press.
Rudi A. Te Velde (2003). ‘The First Thing to Know About God’: Kretzmann and Aquinas on the Meaning and Necessity of Arguments for the Existence of God. Religious Studies 39 (3):251-267.
R. G. Swinburne (1989). Arguments for the Existence of God IN Key Themes in Philosophy. In . Cambridge Univ Pr.
Bill Spencer (2006). Paley's Teleological Argument and Its Significance. Dialogue 48 (2-3):62 - 65.
Paul Weingartner (2011). God's Existence: Can It Be Proven? A Logical Commentary on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3 (1):243 - 248.
Taneli Kukkonen (2002). Averroes and the Teleological Argument. Religious Studies 38 (4):405-428.
W. Jay Wood (2011). God. Mcgill-Queen’s Univ Pr.
Patrick Frierson (2011). Rational Faith: God, Immortality, Grace. In Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts. Acumen Publishing Limited.
Charles E. Gutenson (1997). What Swinburne Should Have Concluded. Religious Studies 33 (3):243-247.
Sharon Kaye & Robert Prisco (2005). In the End It's the Tail: Thomas Aquinas's Fifth Proof of the Existence of God. Think 11:67 - 74.
Richard Swinburne (2003). The Argument to God From Fine-Tuning Reassessed. In Neil A. Manson (ed.), God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science. Routledge.
Richard Messer (1993). Does God's Existence Need Proof? Oxford University Press.
Graham Robert Oppy (2006). Arguing About Gods. Cambridge University Press.
Andre Ariew (2007). Teleology. In David L. Hull & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology. Cambridge University Press.
Mark D. Gossiaux (2003). Thomas Aquinas and Giles of Rome on the Existence of God as Self-Evident. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (1):57-79.
Added to index2011-12-01
Total downloads21 ( #65,382 of 731,329 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,087 of 731,329 )
How can I increase my downloads?