Jonathan Witt, co-author of the recent book Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, was skeptical when he heard that one.
It’s ABD — “Anything But Design,” as Sarah Chaffee says — that is, anything but design that might leave open the door to a source of transcendent intelligence.
Some hares turn white in winter where it’s snowy, but remain brown in winter where it’s mild. What does that have to do with Darwinian evolution?
Newton was arguing from science, not religion. But that doesn’t fit the Epicurean mythos that religion opposes naturalism while science confirms it.
Avoiding serious discussion of design in nature (and of many other questions) fills a need.