Logan Paul Gage
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Recent authors, emphasizing Newman’s distaste for natural theology—especially William Paley’s design argument—have urged us to follow Newman’s lead and reject design arguments. But I argue that Newman’s own argument for God’s existence (his argument from conscience) fails without a supplementary design argument or similar reason to think our faculties are truth-oriented. In other words, Newman appears to need the kind of argument he explicitly rejects. Finding Newman’s rejection of natural theology to stem primarily from factors other than worries about cogency, however, I further argue that there is little reason not to pursue design arguments in order to save the argument from conscience.
Keywords John Henry Newman  natural theology  William Paley  argument from conscience  moral argument  evolution
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ISBN(s) 1051-3558
DOI 10.5840/acpq20191217191
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