If one figure can be identified as the founder of ID, Anaxagoras may well fit the bill.
“Our quickly fattening pigs, short-legged sheep, pouter pigeons, and poodle dogs could never have come into existence in a state of nature.”
You read a great deal about Darwin’s scientific method and meticulousness as a student of nature, but that’s not exactly scholarship.
As a young man Charles Darwin loved music, had a fondness for art, and appreciated fine literature.
Louis, obviously a bright young man, really does think this is sound reasoning.