Design Arguments for the Existence of God

“Design Arguments for the Existence of God,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (James Fieser, ed.); Internet

20 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015

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Kenneth Einar Himma

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: July 9, 2015

Abstract

Design arguments are empirical arguments for God’s existence. These arguments typically, though not always, proceed by identifying various empirical features of the world that constitute evidence of intelligent design and inferring God’s existence as the best explanation for these features. This article explains and evaluates a number of classic and contemporary versions of the argument: (1) Aquinas’s “fifth way’; (2) the argument from simple analogy; (3) Paley’s watchmaker argument; (4) the argument from guided evolution; (5) the argument from irreducible biochemical complexity; (6) the argument from biological information; and (7) the fine-tuning argument.

Keywords: design argument, arguments for God's existence, teleological argument, fine-tuning argument, intelligent design argument

Suggested Citation

Himma, Kenneth Einar, Design Arguments for the Existence of God (July 9, 2015). “Design Arguments for the Existence of God,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (James Fieser, ed.); Internet , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628858 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2628858

Kenneth Einar Himma (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

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Seattle, WA 98195-3020
United States

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