Materialists argue that dualism of mind and brain is not possible because of causal closure — by which they mean that all physical effects have physical causes.
Imagine a chain hanging from the sky supporting a weight suspended in the air. Each link in the chain is a cause for the continued suspension of the links.
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’s too bad biologists are not as open about crises in their theories. It’s the sign of a healthy science.