Many materialists believe that the severe unlikelihood of the series of events required for the origin of life is not a serious problem.
The early Christians debated the Greco-Roman materialists but also the religious Gnostics of their day.
The discovery of REM sleep in spiders is morphing into vast claims that we have “urgent and inexorable ethical obligations” to them and other life forms.
The capabilities of flying animals continue to amaze scientists, and explanations challenge their best efforts. Does evolutionary theory help?
Friendliness to a design perspective might seem to be natural for any theist. Yet a prickly disdain is strangely common, especially among religious academics.