As an armchair philosopher who is all thumbs, I deeply envy tinkerers. I stand in awe of their ability to conceive, design, create and build things. So when critics of ID attack it on the grounds that it makes God a "mere tinkerer," I have difficulty understand their point. To me, they have just bequeathed one of the highest forms of praise on God that I think is possible, yet they do it with their noses turned up, as if they think calling God a tinkerer is an insult of some kind.
Well, God seems to like tinkerers, too. At least, if the Christian story is true, He liked them so much He decided to be incarnated as one. Or must God take on the form that is closest to His own nature?