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.
He knows the common challenges to intelligent design and poses them very articulately, and he’s obviously absorbed Meyer’s books.
What is inevitable here is not the mathematical beauty of physical law, but the circumlocutions scientists use to evade design in nature.
It’s too bad biologists are not as open about crises in their theories. It’s the sign of a healthy science.