The early Christians debated the Greco-Roman materialists but also the religious Gnostics of their day.
Friendliness to a design perspective might seem to be natural for any theist. Yet a prickly disdain is strangely common, especially among religious academics.
If living systems were deliberately engineered, how good an engineer was the one behind those living systems?
Darwin’s materialistic theory of evolution drained meaning from nature, undercut the idea of inherent human dignity, and fueled the rise of scientific racism.
The materialist agenda is served by AI hype, while the human mission is damaged. And that is what is at stake.