The Argument from Beauty is, in my opinion, the worst teleological argument of them all. Truth be told, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of the most ignorant and pathetic arguments of all time… period. But alas, I’ll save my rants for later – for now, let’s respectfully present the argument.
Syllogistically, it goes as follows:
• Beauty can only be created by a very specific god;
• Beauty exists;
• Therefore, a very specific god exists.
Seems completely absurd right? In fact, let’s be honest, it seems like I’ve deliberately misrepresented the argument in order to easily ridicule it, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s because I kind of have… because unlike most theological arguments, Arguments from Beauty are very rarely presented syllogistically. Rather, they’re asserted through a question that reeks of ignorance, such as, “How can you look at a tree’s beauty and not see deliberate design?” or, “How can you look into your baby’s perfect eyes and not see the hand of god?”
Throughout the video I pint-point several flaws and fallacies that those who use the Argument from Beauty tend to commit, but for a very brief summery (extremely brief), they are as follows:
1 – 3. Argument from Ignorance or Argument from Personal Incredulity:
To go straight for the jugular, Arguments from Beauty are, at their core, either Arguments from Ignorance or Arguments from Personal Incredulity. Beneath their appeal to emotion (which is a fallacy in and of itself), they’re asserting that because we can’t explain why beauty exists, their very specific god must’ve intended for it to exist; which is just as absurd as asserting that, because we can’t explain why war exists, Ares, the god of war, must’ve intended for it to exist…
4. Ignores Inconvenient Facts:
A fourth flaw to raise, and one that is outrageously obvious, is that Arguments from Beauty entirely Ignore Inconvenient Facts. That is, they ignore the fact that world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; but rather, it is, in the words of Rocky Balboa, “A very mean and nasty place”.
Whether we like it or not, the fact of the matter is that in the state of nature, life is solitary, poor, brutish and short; it’s an ugly place, and one that only a sick and twisted maniac would deliberate create.
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