Nature is like a stack of books, sessile, until moved.
In my ongoing debate with biologist Jerry Coyne, frequent reference is made to Aquinas’ Five Ways, particularly to his Prime Mover argument.
The design we infer in nature is an insight we abstract from our senses, but the inference itself is acquired by our reason.
Because the challenge is perennial, and because we’re not all philosophers, it’s good to come back to it from time to time.
Sir David Attenborough, an agnostic, invokes a rather nice metaphor about a termite mound.