Dating acts between the evangelists and the apologists
In the modern period American evangelical apologetics has been dominated by the evidentialist approach.
The enormous success of science encouraged many people to believe that eventually everything could be explained naturalistically, thus eliminating the need to appeal to the existence of a supernatural Creator to explain reality as we know it.
Evidence from plants, the elements, and astronomy is also adduced.
Paley argues that from the “contrivances” evident in nature, one may infer that God is one, personal, intelligent, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, self-existent, spiritual, and good.
The book begins by introducing and elaborating on Paley’s famous analogy of the watch providing evidence of a watchmaker.
The bulk of the book consists of a detailed discussion of the arrangement and functions of the various components of the bodies of animals and humans.