The denial by mainstream scientists that sex is binary is of the same cloth as the denial that human life starts at conception and the denial that intelligent design is evident in living things.
A materialist view of reality leaves out much of reality (love, reason, mercy, truth, etc.) so skittish materialists often call themselves “physicalists.”
Peter Atkins is right that science can answer the biggest question we can ask. His problem is that he doesn’t like the answer science provides.
Natural theology is the science of God’s existence, and it’s a massive trove of evidence and reason of the first order.
It is, I believe, a revelation about our scientific culture and particularly about the trust we should place in a “science consensus” that should shake us to our bones.