The title doesn’t 100% capture my thought, for which I apologise, but it’s the best short version I can come up with.
I was wondering about whether there were any of the promoters or adherents of Intelligent Design who were not already theists who believed in an interventionist God prior to beginning their interest in ID.
Was anyone who was an atheist, Deist or some other kind of for-all-practical-purposes methodological naturalist pushed to accept ID by the scientific evidence alone, or has every case been someone already pre-disposed by existing religious beliefs to accept the notion that God acts in material ways in the world?
Now, I realise that in some ways the question is unbalanced, since ID must postulate supernatural action to exist at all. So if someone actively disbelieved in supernatural action they might rule it out ab initio.
But the naturalism of most scientists is, I think, much more experiential and evidence-based than dogmatic, and is open to being challenged by new evidence.
An interesting counterpoint is that there are many religious believers in an interventionist God or gods who nonetheless accept and work within naturalistic evolutionary paradigms.
Really just some pre-coffee musings, but as a phenomenon, examples of people not already theist who nonetheless came to accept and promote ID would be interesting, I think.