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.
The culture bombards us with materialism. That’s the case even as, at deeper and deeper levels, science reveals evidence of a plan, foresight, a deliberately shaping force working upon nature.
As I read through the scientific literature of evolutionary biology to try and convince myself of its accuracy and coherence, I was struck by the frequency with which I encountered “religious” language.
Natural theology is the science of God’s existence, and it’s a massive trove of evidence and reason of the first order.
There’s an inviting coziness about this time of year, perfect for shutting the computer down, putting the accursed iPhone away, and retreating to the beauty of printed pages.