Friday, December 11, 2009

Teleological argument for God, from “The Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Evans

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The Argument from Design: Teleological.

A watch proves not only a maker, an artificer, but also a designer; a watch is made for a purpose. This is evident in its structure. A thoughtful, designing mind was back of the watch. So is it with the world in which we live. These “ends” in nature are not to he attributed to “natural results,” or “natural selection,” results which are produced without intelligence, nor are they “the survival of the fittest,” instances in which “accident and fortuity have done the work of mind.” No, they are the results of a superintending and originating intelligence and will. (From “The Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Rev. William Evans, Ph.D., D.D.)
Basic truths

[1] Design proves that there is a designer.

[2] Design in nature is “the result of a superintending and originating intelligence and will.”

Further study
(Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? from Answers in Genesis

[2] Evidence for God, from Institute for Creation Research

ICR’s popular Acts & Facts free monthly news magazine contains articles and information of current interest dealing with creation, evolution, and related topics. Current and past issues can also be read, and you can sign up to receive future issues in the mail, all for free. Full versions of previous editions can be viewed online in PDF format.

[3] Does God Exist? by Jimmy Williams (also available in Spanish)

[4] Does God Exist? by Hampton Keathley IV

[5] Evidence For God's Existence by J. Hampton Keathley, III

[6] The Rationality of the Christian Worldview

[7] Materials by Ken Boa

[8] Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded on Fact

[9] Presenting Evidence That Demands a Verdict

[10] Classical Apologetics: It Stands to Reason

[11] Taking Every Thought Captive

[12] How I Know Christianity is True by Patrick Zukerian

[13] Survey of Bible Doctrine: God by Sid Litke

(1) “The Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Rev. William Evans, Ph.D., D.D. is a well-respected reference material for Bible students, pastors, missionaries and laymen. You can read the entire book from Google (click the picture of the book cover), or download the complete zipped e-book. (2) Surf to the index of lessons and online quizzes from Evans. (3) The most important ideas and statements from this part of Evans’ book are listed in the “Basic truths” section above. (4) This ministry does not necessarily endorse or share all the views and opinions expressed in the materials, resources or links mentioned in these posts. Please always refer to the Articles of Faith and Biblical distinctives of Baptists when you study these materials.

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