Teleological. it’s a daunting word but don’t worry. Before we tackle it, and what it means, we’re going to take a trip. We’re all going to get on the same page so to speak, and go through this together.
We’re going to Magicians, book 1.
A Christian magician refers to magic as “The tools of the maker.” Magic is just a bit of the power used to create us, that we’ve managed to somehow get a hold of – Like a father leaving power tools out, and a child stumbling across them. Magic, in this mans eyes, is an accident. A secret we have let ourselves in on, without the knowledge of anyone ‘Upstairs’ knowing.
Now, we go to what this has to do with a religious argmuement for the existence of God. I think the very existence of god, or at least one supported by the Teleological argument negates all Richard has said.
So let’s see. The word Teleological comes from two seperate Greek words. Telos, which means purpose or aim, and Logos which means reasoning.
It stands then that the Teleological Argument would involve logic, reason and something to do with Purpose. The simple explanation is that it is about the Design of life and humans. There are many different forms of this argument put forth, dating back as early as Socrates, but the one we are focusing on is slightly more recent.
So we go to 1802, to meet Christian philosopher William Paley. Although others had preposed it lightly before him, Paley was the first to really delve into the Watchmaker Analogy in such detail. A common theory already it needed fleshing out and Paley did just that, as well as bringing a lot of attention to this particular way of thinking.
Imagine a watch. Open that watch up and look at the parts. They all have a purpose, they all work together in such perfect harmony, to give you what we know as a watch; the ticking hands in such a precise rhythm, the cogs and gears fitting so perfectly together – this was no mere accident. This was not something that came about by chance, and happenstance. Someone designed this watch. In the eyes of Paley, and even people like Sir Isaac Newton and Rene Descartes, this was proof of God. The human body, the universe and everything is so meticulously planned it had to be the work of a higher power and not just luck. The laws of physics are so perfect for human life and to sustain us it could not be mere chance that the planet we ended up on is also the one with the perfect amount of oxygen discosiation at sea level and a gravity that is enough to hold up but won’t stunt our growth or crush us.
Here is why this throws a spanner in the likes of Richard’s maker theory. If this is the case it means that magic was also designed by God. Magicians don’t just have an aptitude for learning, they are designed to weild that power. God didn’t leave his power tools out for us to stumble upon like an irresponsible father. It’s more like he wrapped them up and left them in the bedroom of some of his kids as a gift, whilst the others got nothing.
If a Teleological backed God does exist in the world of Magicians, it also leads to the idea of destiny and predetermination – all the mistakes made by Q and the others were meant to happen. The Beast becoming the beast was no more Martins fault as Plover doing what he did to the boy being his.
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