A materialist view of reality leaves out much of reality (love, reason, mercy, truth, etc.) so skittish materialists often call themselves “physicalists.”
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 is, I believe, a revelation about our scientific culture and particularly about the trust we should place in a “science consensus” that should shake us to our bones.
New Atheism is dead. It was conceptually dead from birth, but now it’s stopped twitching.