For many intellectuals, a scientifically informed worldview was a materialistic worldview. It is not hard to see why they held this opinion.
Did scientists like Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton speak easily of God as the intelligence behind nature just because that’s how everyone spoke at the time?
Kepler was not alone. Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Nicolaus Copernicus, and many others who established modern science were deeply religious thinkers.
What’s different is that this time around, the discussion is far more favorable towards Meyer’s position. Here’s what columnist Ross Douthat says
The novel is a narrative, fictional version of a philosophical anatomy of the satanic dimension and implication of much modern history from 1914 onwards.