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In my opinion the teleological argument has not successful survived all criticisms, it has actually not survived any of the criticisms. I believe this because the criticisms either attack the observation, the logic, the idea of god or all three and without all three the argument collapses.
For example one criticism from Hume which is that there is a lot of evidence (such as natural disasters) to suggest that the world was poorly designed therefore how can a God who is meant to be all powerful and omni-benevolent have designed it. This is an extremely successful criticism because it is attacking the idea of god, also challenging the observation of the teleological argument which stated that our world is so complex and perfectly designed. This destroys the argument because if the world is not perfect then God (the perfect being) could not have designed the world because this means God is not God because he’s wouldn't be omni-benevolent, therefore there’s a possibility that the world is just here by chance.
In addition criticism made by Fleu attacks the most important part of the teleological argument and any argument which is the logic. He points out that the argument is circular, the premise assumes the conclusion. The premise that there is evidence of a design, assumes that because of that there must be a designer, and then goes further onto wrongly again assuming that the designer has to be God. Showing that the argument is just a bunch of assumptions that could easily be questioned like for example if the world was designed why does it have to be this one God couldn't it be many Gods or it could even just be one thing however does this thing have to be God?, could it not be another supernatural being.
Furthermore this leads onto other criticisms such as one from Hume which is why does it have to stop at this one God, thinking about cause and effect and how...

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