An “engineering theory of evolution” might be one way of expressing what the ID proponents who participated in the CELS event were seeking.
This year a new article by Silvestro et al. (2021), “Fossil data support a pre-Cretaceous origin of flowering plants,” was published.
For my part, I think it’s better to approach the data without assumptions and to let the evidence speak for itself.
That there is a design to life is intuitive, but most of us, if challenged on it, would want to be able to defend our intuition persuasively.
What a peculiar thing to do. You invite someone for a “dialogue” and then, only once he’s left the building, do you start debating with him.