Although the designation of Huxley as Darwin’s “bulldog” is well known, acolyte is a more appropriate term and here’s why.
In my ongoing debate with biologist Jerry Coyne, frequent reference is made to Aquinas’ Five Ways, particularly to his Prime Mover argument.
One might add that this analysis applies to the world of life as a whole.
There is an ongoing debate about intelligent design in the Thomist system.
Mayr worked tirelessly to establish a synthesis bearing the unmistakable stamp of positivism.