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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The doctrine of final causes, particularly the argument for the being and character of God from the being and character of His works, that the end reveals His purpose from the beginning, the end being regarded as the thought of God at the beginning, or the universe viewed as the realisation of Him and His eternal purpose.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Teleology'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/t/teleology.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.