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Aquinas fifth way does prove the existence of God by showing how he directs all natural things to their end The fifth way explains how we observe that natural bodies act toward ends Anything that acts toward an end either acts out of knowledge or under the direction of something with knowledge as the arrow is directed by the archer But many natural beings lack knowledge Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end and this being we call God By use of the analogy of the oak tree and Paleys watchmaker I shall prove that Gods existence is true Aquinas fifth way says that natural bodies without knowledge act for an end and it is always in the same way so as to obtain the best result Take for instance the oak tree It produces and drops acorns every year providing food for the squirrels The squirrels then bury these acorns and forget to retrieve some of them thereby providing opportunities for new oak trees to grow Seeing this happen every year it would be absurd to suppose that it is an accident clearly the oak tree and the squirrel do what they do to accomplish these purposes But the oak tree has no mind and the squirrel does not have the capacity for foresight which would cause it to plant new oak trees for future generations of squirrels So it must be obvious that they achieve their end not by chance but by design That designer is God Paleys analogy of the watchmaker reinforces Aquinas fifth that there must be a designer of natural bodies The watchmaker analogy explains how a man walking along a beach finds a watch describes it as being made of several parts and put together for a specific purpose It goes on by saying how the watch is too complicated for it to have just been sitting there on
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