Leah Haldane
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I have a test soon and my mind has gone blank on it and I don’t have my notes someone help please
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Aquinas' teleological argument can be found in the fifth of his Five Ways in the Summa Theologica. Aquinas states that something that lacks intelligence cannot move towards fulfilling a useful end, unless something that has intelligence has moved it.

Aquinas' own example was that of the arrow and the archer, which would have been easily understood in his time. Aquinas stated that the arrow, by itself, cannot reach the target - it needs to be fired by the archer in order for this to happen. He relates this to the workings of the universe, stating that everything in the universe follows natural laws, even if they possess no intelligence.

The fact that these things tend to follow these laws, and fulfil some purpose or end goal (their telos), yet do not have the ability to think for themselves, suggests that they have been 'directed' by something else. For Aquinas, the only possible explanation was that this guiding intelligence was God.

I hope this helps!
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