By David Eller
Every little thing is the following to aid those people who are already atheists greater comprehend the good judgment in their lives and notice Atheism's social and political implications.
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If there is 'Intelligent Design' in the universe, then there must be an intelligent designer, and this is god. That this is an analogical argument is clear, and Theists are quite direct about the analogy. Human artifacts are designed they show a specialization of parts (a 'complexity' or 'fitness' that is not random) and a relationship of means to ends (a deliberate 'functionality'). The classic^statement of the teleologic al_argument com es from William Paley (1743-1805), who mused in his NaturaTTheology about a walker coming upon a watch on the ground in a heath: al; way an eye is — When we come to inspect the watch, we perceive .
However, reality set in rapidly, and those dreams of wanton hedonism soon gave way to work and marriage and family. (Such is the condition of Atheists we do not live lives of wild \and reckless abandon. We are mostly busy being citizens, workers, partners, and parents, like everyone else in the — — worltL) It might even be argued that the whole claim of morality based on religion is flawed, since r ewardsand punishmen tsdo not make behavior moral but onlv^coerced. In the psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg/s stages of moral development, rewardand-punishment thinking is the lowest stage, far hplow rpfl Ac tive Orj)rincipJed be havio r.
And it is true that in science we often listen to authorities but not so as to automatically or blindly embrace their pontifications, for the reasons we just explored. In principle, if not in actual practice every time, we accept their authority because it is possible to verify or falsify their sources and their conclusions or because we assume that others have already attempted such verification or falsification. This is a big 'in principle,' for . — 38 NATURAL ATHEISM most of us do not and never will have the skill, technology, or opportunity to conduct our own tests, and we must rely on the scientific community to fully and fairly perform the tests for us.