The ancient model of the cosmos, which was the model presupposed by most scientists prior to the mid 20th century, was Steady State.
Lents studies rotting corpses and household plants. He might not know much about (living) human physiology.
The top-down pattern of appearance of animal phyla during the Cambrian explosion represents major conflicting evidence for Darwinian evolution.
In all of his “poor” design arguments, Lents inadvertently embraces the design inference.
A central progressive theme was historicism, crediting history almost exclusively with the development of culture.