The core argument of neo-Darwinism is, simply, that evolution, and life on Earth, are the result of random, aka, purposeless chemical reactions.
For many intellectuals, a scientifically informed worldview was a materialistic worldview. It is not hard to see why they held this opinion.
What are we to make of this radical discontinuity between the Earth and the rest of the cosmos?
The novel is a narrative, fictional version of a philosophical anatomy of the satanic dimension and implication of much modern history from 1914 onwards.
A young woman wept at realizing that there was a rational, objective, scientific response to the scientific atheism she had been fed by her professors in college.