He also answers another objection, namely that our uniform experience with designing minds is that minds are embodied in material brains.
Combined with the evidence of information periodically infused into biology, the observation of a start to the universe goes beyond generic intelligent design.
Dominic Halsmer describes signs of engineering he sees in nature, and explains some of the ways the universe appears strikingly bio-friendly.
Some atheists, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, have miscast Newton as a mechanist and a materialist, in their own image.
Newton, Kepler, and other founders of modern science were inspired to search out and find the rational order hidden in nature because they were theists.