This is a fine article, but I wonder if they are too quickly rejecting the idea that the world is the way it is due to human sin.
Let me run my molinist proposal: God saw that no matter what type of world he would create humans in, we would always end up blowing it. Creating the universe in some sort of immortal state would be no type of world for fallen humans to live in. This would be a type of hell. Therefore, God chose to create the world with inherent decay and death from the big bang onwards because he foreknew that regardless of what type of world he would create, humans would always fall. And this type of world was the most suitable world for fallen humans. This is not a punishment, like it is for Dembski, but a pedagogic world suitable for our restoration to God.
This can be attached to the “only way” argument but also enable us to say that if God foresaw a world where humans would not have sinned, maybe he would have created that one without all the death inherent to evolution. So in a way, it IS because of us that earthquakes ans famines, and animal suffering have existed for millions of yrs.