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Hume David Hume wrote much about the subject of religion much of it negative In this paper we shall attempt to follow Humes arguments against Deism as Someone knowable from the wake He allegedly makes as He passes This kind of Deism he lays to rest Then digging deeper we shall try our hand at a critique of his critique of religion of resurrecting a natural belief in God Finally if theres anything Hume would like to say as a final rejoinder we shall let him have his last word and call the matter closed To allege the occurrence of order in creation purpose in its constituent parts and in its constituted whole regularity in the meter of its rhythm and syncopations and mindful structure in the design and construction of Nature is by far the most widely used and generally accepted ground for launching from the world belief in an intelligent and omnipotent designer god One does not have to read for very long to find some modern intellectual involved in the analysis of some part of Nature come to the Aha that theres a power at work imposing order design structure and purpose in creation Modern religious piety salivates at the prospect of converting scientists and will take them any way it can From Plato to Planck the problematic lion of religion must be rendered safe and tame Religion must be reasonable after all we are reasonable men Einstein writes that the scientists religious feeling takes the form of rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that compared with it all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection We have been struck dumb however we can no longer be incautious with such temptations to believe with such sirens sounding for sensible systematic sureness The Design Argument has
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