TOPIC: “Discuss the Design Argument for the existence of God, and the “Argument from Evil” for the non-existence of God with a demonstration of dialogue between the two arguments. State and defend your conclusive view.”
Looking at the debate regarding the Existence of God as a philosophical problem, involves looking at God’s existence from a point of view that has no emotional, personal or theological aspects attached to it. It is merely looking at reasons that can be substantiated in order to reach a non-biased conclusion as to whether or not God exists. This essay will focus on the Design Argument that is for the existence of God, as well as the “Argument of Evil” that is for the non-existence of God. There are 3 different arguments that philosophy focuses on when it comes to the existence of God, namely the Idea Argument, also known as the Ontological Argument, the First Cause Argument, also referred to as the Cosmological Argument and the Design Argument, which is also known as the Teleological Argument. For the purpose of this essay, the main focus will be the Teleological Argument. Every argument that is for the existence of God needs to have an objection. The main objection that this essay will be focusing on is the Problem of Evil. The Design Argument, also referred to as the Teleological Argument, was brought forward by William Paley. It states that everything that exists in the universe exists in an orderly fashion. The order in which they exist indicates that they are a product of a sort of intelligent design. This theory rules out the idea that things exist due to randomly casual events or natural occurrences. Some aspects of nature, within the universe, such as the Wonders of the World seem too perfect to have been created by chance or by accident, which means that there is a mind behind the idea of their existence. This mind is God. This means that the designer of the universe is God, therefore it can be said that God does exist (Barcalow, pg...
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