Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Man In The Sky - Part V

One of the most popular arguments in favour of the existence of a God is the argument from design. The proponents of it say that all the complexities of the universe only point to one one thing, that the universe was designed by a intelligent being - God.

This type of argument is what the atheists call the 'Gods of the Gaps' argument. It means that God resides in the gaps of our current knowledge. For example, when mankind knew not what caused lightning, they thought it to be the work of God, but as soon as science discovered the real cause we were made enlightened by it and god had to run away from the lightning - several kilometers away.

Although there are variations, the basic argument can be stated as follows:

  1. X is too complex, orderly, adaptive, apparently purposeful, or beautiful to have occurred randomly or accidentally.
  2. Therefore, X must have been created by a sentient, intelligent, wise, or purposeful being.
  3. God is that sentient, intelligent, wise, or purposeful being.
  4. Therefore, God exists.

The argument from design places gods in the shrinking gaps of the well supported theory of evolution (, which explains the development of the species without the need of an intelligent designer.

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