Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sensus Divinitatis and Design

Although I don't think this is the most sophisticated argument ever, I do find it compelling:

1. There is a fixed order of things out of our control. (Premise)

2. We are hardwired to think that a fixed order of things implies that someone or something is in control. (Premise)

3. Therefore, we are hardwired to think that someone or something other than ourselves is in control. (From 1 and 2)

This is part of the reason I believe that theism or some form of spirituality is most natural to human beings.  We grow up in a world we have very little control over, and yet, things seem to be "controlled" in a sense that is astronomically beyond our power.  Whenever people explain their faith as the result of the feeling that "something must be greater than me," I think this is exactly what the intuition is all about.

It's no wonder, then, that children are naturally inclined toward supernaturalism, as opposed to naturalism.

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