In my ongoing debate with biologist Jerry Coyne, frequent reference is made to Aquinas’ Five Ways, particularly to his Prime Mover argument.
Clearly a naturalistic bias is at work here and imposes a limit on the spectrum of alternative explanations that is even considered to be permissible.
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.