Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: Design after Darwin
Stewart-Williams (Steve)
Source: Stewart-Williams (Steve) - Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life, Chapter 3
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Author’s Chapter Abstract1

  1. In Chapter 3, we'll tum our attention to an important philosophical argument for the existence of God: the argument from design.
  2. The basic idea is as follows. Certain parts of the natural world look as though they were designed (eyes, teeth and claws, for example); you can't have design without a designer; thus, there must be a designer and the designer is God.
  3. We'll see that evolutionary theory undermines this argument and therefore poses a serious threat to theistic belief, even for those who believe for other reasons.
  4. We'll also see that, within this area of philosophy, Darwin had a greater impact than one of the greatest philosophers of all time: David Hume.

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Footnote 1: Taken from Chapter 1 ("Stewart-Williams (Steve) - Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: Darwin and the Big Questions").

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