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Intelligent Design and Selective History: Two Sources of Purpose and Plan

Peter J. Graham

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603213
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

Intelligent Design and Selective History: Two Sources of Purpose and Plan

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In Warrant and Proper Function and in Knowledge of God, Alvin Plantinga provides an intelligent design argument for the existence of God. Plantina's key premise is that “naturalism” cannot account for the proper functions of natural traits, but God as intelligent designer can. His argument for this premise relies on a thought experiment involving a Hitler-like madman and his henchmen. This chapter criticizes Platinga's thought experiment through careful attention to both intelligent design and natural selection as sources of functions and standards for normal functioning.

Keywords: functions; God; intelligent design; natural selection; normal functioning; plantinga; proper function

Chapter.  9687 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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