Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

John McCormick


The object of this thesis is to prove, by the Argument from Design, that God, the First Cause of all things, is an Intelligent Being. This is done by reasoning a posteriori, i.e. from the effects of order an harmony found in the universe to an intelligent cause of the order. To substantiate the argument I have given a short resume of the views held by philosophers throughout the various ages. I have then reviewed the argument itself which is based on the philosophy of St. Augustine and St. Thomas. And finally, since the argument has been bitterly assailed, I have chosen two of its chief adversaries, Darwin and Kant, and have refuted their false teachings regarding this argument.


A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Phllosophy.

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