We may dispute what Darwin felt or thought in the privacy of his study — but the bulk of his writings fall clearly into advocating for one perspective: naturalism.
Professor Lynch thinks fellow evolutionary biologists are “dreaming” and he does not mean that as a compliment.
As Thomas Nagel would argue today, any theory of evolution that excludes the origin of mind and consciousness from consideration is at best half a theory.
A theory that “tolerates exceptions” is doing no work at all, simply wandering along behind the data like a puppy on a leash.
If evolution can’t build something as basic as a new protein fold, how could it build whole new organs and body plans in the history of life?