Yes he is back. The whole issue of final cause descends back to the issue of spirit as the underlying logic machina. From that we confront once again the sixth operator of mathematical logic which is the true meaning of GOD.
The final cause is asking if this is good and that implies TIMEs arrow as well.
The absurdity of random choice was always impossible except to the intellectually naive and is dying a lingering death as our own knowledge expands inbexoribly into vast organized and ruled complexity.
He had it right the first time and we have merely digressed for a couple of thousands of years.