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The Teleological Argument

The design argument explained


The teleological argument is also known as the design argument. Just as the cosmological argument has its basis in a simple fact (the universe exists), the teleological argument follows suit by having its basis in another simple, yet indisputable, fact: everything in the universe is highly complex.

It is suggested that the only reason there is such order and complexity in the world is that God must have designed it with a purpose in mind.

When the patterns and order throughout the universe are considered, it is easy to understand the jump to believing the universe must have a purpose and thus was designed by a higher being. The only being we know of who is powerful enough to create our universe is God.

Therefore, God exists.

In summary, the earth is too complex to have just appeared; there must have been an intelligent designer, one which gave everything purpose. That intelligent designer can only be God.

To explore this topic in more detail, download the following resource:

Teleological Argument PDF