Why would Eldredge and Gould propose such a model? Because they knew the data showed that potential transitional fossils are an extreme rarity.
William Lane Craig’s rhetorical strategy is essentially to accept whatever mainstream evolutionary paleoanthropology says.
Proponents of the ruling theory tell us that we are all undoubtedly intelligent enough to fully grasp their theory, as long as we concur with it.
Avoiding serious discussion of design in nature (and of many other questions) fills a need.
I explained that his writing has certainly seemed like a subtweet, at the very least, directed at ID. Others appear to understand it similarly.