Teleological Arguments

Based on the emotional supposition that there must be purpose behind the processes of nature, a teleological argument is an argument from design.

Teleological (Greek "telos", meaning end or purpose) arguments for the existence of God, Yagoal, a creator, or an "intelligent designer" are based on perceived sense that there must be order, purpose, design, or direction in nature.

All of these arguments involve some combination of fallacious arguments: including argument from analogy (argument from contrived definition), argument from emotion, resort to ineffability, god of the gaps, and circularity, and all fail.

The arguments take the form:
P1 : some thing or process is too complex, orderly, functionally adaptive, apparently purposeful, or beautiful to have occurred randomly or accidentally.
C: Therefore, some thing or process must have been created by a sentient, intelligent, wise, or purposeful being.
P2 : God (by whatever name) is that sentient, intelligent, wise, or purposeful being.
C2: Therefore, God exists.

The latest flavor of teleological argument is the nauseatingly over-promulgated, IDiocy argument:
P1: Biological or cosmological complexity implies a designer.
p2: Life and the universe are highly complex.
C: Therefore, the universe has a Designer.
C2: Therefore, God exists.

Another modern variant is the anthropic principle:
P1: Life could not have existed within our universe if its fundamental constants had different values
P2: Our universe is as it is, and life exists within our universe.
C: Therefore a supernatural agent fine-tuned the universe to ensure life as we know it.
C2: Therefore, God exists.

A particularly prevalent and feeble emotional argument for purpose runs:
P1: My life cannot have meaning and purpose if I am not the result of special creation/if Jesus did not die for me/if I am not destined for salvation/etc.
C2: Therefore, God exists.


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