Enjoyed the end of the Today programme today, dealing with the 'simple' question: "Is God dead?" They had Profs Keith Ward, the theologian, and Peter Atkins to debate the point. It's funny hearing Prof Atkins, as I read chemistry at Oxford, so I went to his lectures on physical chemistry. (That's the physics of chemistry, not strenuous chemical experiments). I also own a book of his on the subject.
Peter Atkins is a remarkably confident and certain atheist, which I could respect in a weird sort of way, if it weren't for the fact that he comes across as so dogmatic. For him, all talk of God is vain superstition. In a funny sort of way, he has a lot in common with fundamentalists. There is just no room for argument or negotiation.
What was so striking was the way he bought into a dualist way of talking about God (although, of course there is nothing on one side of the dualism for him) For me, the reason the universe is in any sense comprehensible for the good Prof is proof enough of a rationality beyond and within it.
He would obviously disagree.