Natural Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Natureby William Paley
More than two hundred years ago, Dr. William Paley wrote a series of books that marshaled evidence for the Christian faith. His books were often required reading at major institutions of learning. Believers and
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"I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley's Natural Theology: I could almost formerly have said it by heart." Charles Darwin, 1859.
More than two hundred years ago, Dr. William Paley wrote a series of books that marshaled evidence for the Christian faith. His books were often required reading at major institutions of learning. Believers and unbelievers alike wrestled with Paley's arguments and his compelling presentation of them. Paley's Natural Theology was one of those books. In it, he showed from biology and human anatomy that the argument for design was a clear and self-evident inference from the facts, and from that point of departure proposed that only a designer God could adequately account for those facts. His famous analogy from an intricate watch to the required deduction that there exists a watchmaker persists to this day. When evolutionary theory rose to dominance, it was thought that Paley's views on 'intelligent design' had been fully put to rest. However, each new generation discovers anew that evolutionary theory requires them to accept as true what appears, on its face, to be patently absurd: that immense complexity, surpassing in its apparent genius what 1,000 human geniuses cannot create was nonetheless the product of unguided, intrinsically dumb, natural forces. Unsatisfied, they consider the alternatives. The argument is sure to rage for another two hundred years and Dr. Paley's Natural Theology will prove to be relevant then as it is relevant today, advances in our understanding of biology notwithstanding, and, actually, because of those very same advances.
While Paley wrote this book in 1809, this text reflects the 1860 edition, updated by Paley and footnoted by Dr. John Ware, who also produced illustrated plates for the book which have become classics in themselves. A modern day reader's guide and some up to date illustrations augment the work, but these are unobtrusive, and are not mixed into Paley's original text. Finally, a contemporary foreword briefly puts Dr. Paley's monumental work in its modern context, arguing why the book, and the arguments it contains, are still worthy of consideration.
This edition corresponds to the print edition at ISBN: 978-1-936830-27-5
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