This might sound heretical in a lot of camps, but here goes.
The Five Ways to Demonstrate God are preambles to faith, and that is St. Thomas’ term. They are steps before our faith, walking or going before faith.
Those five proofs are before faith or outside of faith.
St. Thomas says in the Summa Contra Gentiles that we do not believe in the God of Abraham and Moses based on our silly little arguments.
Faith is faith.
We, as Christians, say that it is logical to see design here on planet earth. Therefore there is a designer. The orchestration for life and human life is obvious. However, to say that it was YAHWEH, Allah, or the Great Spirit is walking in faith(s).
It is a tough distinction, really tough.
Conversely, this might sound blasphemous is some camps, for science to deny the obvious design is to throw out common sense.
As the Catholic Pope says, it is not an either-or situation. We need to make great use of science and faith, but understand that both are doing their own work. Faith tells us of our dignity. Science tells us about our biology, chemistry and physics.
One of his commonly used ideas is that a machine and an organism clearly demonstrate that they were designed.
The organisms are smarter than any machines.
The organisms move from within; the machines are moved from outside.
The organism can reproduce; the machine cannot reproduce.
The organisms are orchestrated with their surrounding and each other.
In my understanding it is almost a stale mate, if it was a game, but it is not. It is real.
Religions must say “We believe.” Science has to say: “All of this is truly designed.”
Both have to say, the Designer has to be praised and thanked; even if the Designer hasn’t revealed what “IT” is (Sorry, God, about “IT”.)
Can you imagine, we cannot prove that God does not exist.
We cannot prove that the designer revealed ITSELF to us either.
All side should be a little happy and a little sad.
Then there will always be some who will not or cannot see what the rest see.
Oops, this might sound heretical in all camps.