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Evaluating The Teleological Argument For Divine Action

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This chapter establishes substantive connections between theories of divine action and all kinds of scientific theories, including evolutionary biology. The teleological argument for divine action has three logically distinguishable stages. The first stage must conclude that apparent ends in nature are indications of genuinely teleological capacities of natural objects and processes. The second stage attempts to situate the affirmation of the reality of natural ends in a broader metaphysical theory that is capable of presenting real natural ends as instances of a more general fundamental teleological principle. The third stage must show that these fundamental teleological principles support particular theories of divine action. Any argument from apparent ends in nature to the reality of divine action includes these three stages.

Keywords: divine action; evolutionary biology; metaphysical theory; teleological argument



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