Since there were no natural causes before nature came into existence, science cannot ever hope to explain this beginning. That is, if ID is excluded.
Shatner‘s revelation may be interpreted as an environmentalist creed, but I rather see it as a poetical formulation of the fine-tuning of Earth for life.
One of the advantages we have in our study of nature is our ability to observe an entire “unpolluted” universe.
Similar to many others among the founders of modern science, Copernicus was a believer in God and clearly a proponent of intelligent design.
Astronomers have convincingly shown that the laws of nature are sufficient to account for the formation of stars and planetary systems throughout the universe.