The greatest engine of atheism in modern times — Darwin’s theory — is nothing more than a bastardization of the strongest philosophical argument for God’s existence.
What is it, metaphysically one might say, that distinguishes design in the ID sense from ubiquitous teleological design, in a Thomistic sense?
New religions, including one centered on Artificial Intelligence, follow a stereotyped pattern.
Only a freely acting, designing agent resolves the mystery. Only such an agent creates, truly, ex nihilo.
There is an ongoing debate about intelligent design in the Thomist system.