Stop me if you've heard this bit before, or something very much like it.
The problem with the New Atheists is that they are beholden to scientism. They have, understandably, a tremendous respect for the power of science - as well as reason - but their enthusiasm for science has combined with their ignorance of philosophy and metaphysics. The result is that they fail to appreciate the power and utility of reasoning that comes from sources other than science, and... (At this point comes a range of examples.)
I come across this often. "The New Atheists - they love science and reason. The problem is they love science too much!" It's a great line. But after encountering dozens of the Cult of Gnu over the years, I've come to realize that this is a complete load of crap.
Now, I speak from anecdote here. Years of anecdote at this point, but anecdote all the same. And my experience has been that most of the Cultists of Gnu could really care less about actual science. Rather, they love science the way a politician or an activist loves statistics: people who would have trouble defining "margin of error" and aren't all that interested in learning, but give them a study that supports the issue they want to boost and they won't be shutting up about it anytime soon. Give them a study that undermines an issue they want to boost, and their interest extends as far as their ability to undermine or discredit it. Give them an extremely detailed, well-researched, well-supported study that does neither of these things, and they will get very bored, very quickly, if you try to tell them about it.
It should go without saying that that isn't a love of science - or, if that does constitute a love of science, then just about everyone loves science. Young earth creationists love it. Parapsychologists love it. Intelligent Design proponents love it.
Worse, it doesn't even tend to provoke very much interest in the science they quote. I've run into multiple Gnu cultists who will not shut up about quantum physics, and proceed to tell me about how "scientist see particles come into existence from nothing all the time, and they see it's totally uncaused!" I've run into evolution fans who struggle to explain what natural selection really is, and cosmology fans who will excitedly talk about the multiverse and who are barely aware that there's a multitude of, rather than a single instance of, multiverse concepts.
Now, maybe you can reply, "That's just the pedestrian Gnu cultists, Crude. The guys they look up to though? Those guys love science!" And again, that's a popular attitude. But does it stand up to scrutiny?
Have a look at the best example - Dawkins. And hey, he's got quite a rep as a scientist doesn't he? How many times have you seen him introduced as an evolutionary biologist? And he certainly praises science like mad. He loves it so much, his last peer reviewed paper - what I'm also told is the gold standard of science - was written, what... two decades ago? Are we pushing three at this point? If Dawkins really loves science, one can only suspect that he decided scientific research was best served by him abandoning the field years ago in favor of writing popular science books. There's evidence the guy hasn't even bothered to keep up with his field since he's left it - he's preaching old-school selectionism in what's increasingly an Evo-Devo world.
No. The scientism charge - scientism taken as loving science too much, having too much of an attachment to science, being too damn interested in science - doesn't wash. The Cult of Gnu is beholden to science the same way the Cult of Reason was beholden to reason: hardly at all. What they love is the authority that comes with suggesting their beliefs are backed by science - even if those beliefs are philosophical, metaphysical, or purely political. Just as the Cult of Reason loved reason, only insofar as the 'reason' in question lined up with what they wanted.