Aaron: Let us examine the world we see around us. Forget for a moment all questions of origin and deep meaning; let yourself be lost in wonder of nature's diversity.

Consider snowcapped mountains, great forests and fields of grain. Think of all the diversity to be found in the world — the strange beauty of great cats, the remarkable symmetry to be found in a butterfly's wings, the majesty of an African elephant or great blue whale. Can you really believe that such beauty and diversity could exist without some divine force behind it?

You: This sounds like a rehash of the perfection of natural laws or the balance of nature argument.

Aaron: I am not talking about anything so cold as mathematical perfection or balance, but about the beauty of natural things and all the wonders of the universe. These cannot be the result of a random process or unemotional law, but must have been created by a thinking being with feelings and a sense of beauty.

How do you respond?

  1. The world is not a wonderful place. Go
  2. "Wonderfulness" does not imply a plan. Go
  3. Then what are the repulsive parts of nature proof of? Go
  4. Wouldn't it be even more wonderful if it were truly natural? Go
  5. "Wonderful" is a human term. Go