WHAT IS THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT- An Introduction
Watches, machines, computers — all examples of intelligent design. And like them, the universe also exhibits evidences of intelligent design. Well is this proof of a Cosmic Designer?
WHAT IS THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT- A Definition
The argument known as the “argument from design” (teleological) reasons that evidence for complexity and purpose in the universe points to a cosmic designer. Well, is this a good argument or not?
WHAT IS THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT- A Case Study
Let’s look at the human brain. Scientists have called the human brain the most complex mechanism in the known universe. The brain contains at least enough information to fill 20 million volumes. And then, of course, there’s the DNA molecule, it exhibits astounding evidence of design. A single DNA molecule is estimated to carry as much information as one large volume of the encyclopedia.
WHAT IS THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT- What Chance Does Chance Have?
How do we know that the brain and the DNA molecule didn’t just happen by chance? First of all, chance doesn’t create. The probability that the brain or DNA molecule would arise by natural forces alone is truly incredible. If you doubt this, remember that the probability of forming a simple protein molecule by random processes would take somewhere in the vicinity of 10257 power years. If you’re not a mathematician, that would be one with 257 zeros behind it, a number which is incredibly large. Forming a simple cell by random processes would take around 10119,000. That is a number so large it’s incomprehensible. Of course, scientists such as A.E. Wilder-Smith and others have argued persuasively that the Darwinian theory of matter, energy, and time combining to produce life is not only improbable, it is indeed impossible. Life can only emerge when there’s a code and this code has to come from an intelligent creator.
The more we learn, the more we have to echo the words of the psalmist who wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psa. 19).
On the argument from design and the question “What is the Teleological Argument”, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.