The criticism in "top-level" apologetic literature that I've read is that this is the fault of biologists for describing the theory as "unguided." Apologists trying to rectify science with Christian theism accuse biologists of "poisoning the well" in this fashion, clarifying that the "unguided" aspect of the theory of evolution by natural selection is an unscientific add-on, biased against a theistic worldview, and thus a concerted attempt by bad scientists to falsely pit science against religion. I don't understand what makes them think any of that makes sense!
Evolution by natural selection is "unguided" by definition! If it wasn't unguided, it wouldn't be evolution by natural selection! The theory describes a completely mechanical, almost automatic development and differentiation of replicating bodies in a limited environment - there is no room or need for a guiding deity. In fact it would not be a scientific theory if it had to (or simply did) posit God's vigilant control over the whole process. There's no need to hypothesize God pruning chromosomes or stirring a pot of DNA or arranging certain animals in certain environments, just like there's no need to hypothesize God blowing photons through space with His eternal omnidirectional breath or pulling matter toward other matter with His infinite and infitinely small, invisible fingers. To paraphrase Laplace, we just don't have a need for those hypotheses. No
scientific theories whatsoever posit any deities at all as part of their explanatory mechanism, so singling out evolution is farcical on the face of it. For crying out loud, that's the point
of science: explaining how things work in utterly natural terms, avoiding the supernatural.
And much of the lay anti-evolution crusade is based on the misunderstanding that evolution by natural selection also asserts a not-God origin of all life. It doesn't; the theory only explains the development and variation of life, not how it got here in the first place. That's where origin chemistry comes in, but all we ever hear about are these stupid court cases on evolution. The reason religious folks are going after evolution isn't even a real problem with evolution, and yet we have apparently ignorant judges and politicians going right along with it and ruling in awful, debilitating decisions that dampen and confuse the science education of kid in this country.
Ugh, it's all so useless and detestable! >_<