Magic there was in human thought at one time, and spiritual awareness. But it was the magic of a prior age and the scientific revolution of a few centuries back divorced itself from that magic. But ultimately that was OK if a bit brutal because dry left brained science eventually rediscovered that magic. Magic has now been rediscovered by left brain science and so you might say that science has gone past itself and circled around back and found religion. Well actually it is a lot better than that.
Religion, though it contains an element of spirituality, is also a bit superstitious. It knows things but it does not know how it knows and can get a bit into belief in magic that goes a bit off sometimes. People who distrust science and believe in religion exclusively and never want to know the how of things, can be dogmatic judgmental puritanical and hypocritical. They believe essentially in a religion that does not transcend science but precedes it in excellence.
But then dry science came along and seemed at first to fix all that. But it too had its limitations. It works not by over-emotional and sometimes emotionally negative thought processes but in a way that puts a push/shove force-oriented 3D Newtonian-physics and machine-god and god-of-entropy on top of everything. That is one tiny step past old hocus pocus religion. But it deifies God's creature, the 3D universe, and throws God out.
What is needed is a synthesis of both old type science and old religion. And that synthesis is alive in a culture that lives on the periphery of the present center-stage dying culture. The remote beginnings of that new cultural synthesis began to show its face when science discovered the fourth dimension and its physics, quantum physics.
The fourth dimension is bigger and more inclusive and so is closer to God than the third dimension. Studying it allows one to get past Newton's rather mechanical god of left brain, find-the-ghost-or-soul-in-the-body-by-carving-it-up-and-killing-it, or analytical pieces parts dissection. We do it in knife happy and pill happy medicine, and Monsanto-happy gene manipulation and Russian roulette with the planet's genetic code. And we do it in too many ways of western thought, we do it with our analysis-happy thinking that rarely senses wholeness.
We have created a better way to think since that kind of science, but alas, in the broad realm of culture in general, we still see the old 3D machine god of the movie Clock Work Orange. We see merely analytical thinking in so many places in this dying culture. The philosophical implications of 4D physics has not translated itself yet to be a cultural phenomenon. And so we see the old deification of science leaving its heavy footprint on people's way of thinking and of living. That heavy footprint stomps the third world and the environmnet and all that can not stick up for itself.
When the scientists first discovered the magical quantum inner subatomic world they were amazed. The old laws that said that all results are a mechanical downhill thrust predetermined by the former step of push or causation or logic were suddenly, in 4D physics, transcended. The behaviors of things in the subatomic realm is not entirely causal. There is an element of free will and magic.
You and I know that we are not billiard balls merely bouncing off of one another. Humans do not just do a passive or simple reactive response to each other that is mechanically predetermined. We have an element of free will in our actions. Insurance salesmen know that despite that that it is still statistically true that X amount of accidents will happen on average on any given day.
And that is how things work on the subatomic plane. On average things obey statistical laws in 4D but beneath that there is a freedom that the 3D world does not have except in miniscule amounts and that working very slowly. Things in 4D obey statistical laws and leave the door open for more and that at great speed.
You and I are not fated to have an accident because of statistics. There is an element of free will involved in our actions beyond statistics. And that is true of all actions on the subatomic plane. One might say that actions on the subatomic plane respond extremely readily to the non-causal push of thought. Thought with free will in it. Electrons and protons act that way. They appear to have a mind of their own or do at the very least respond to mental push, extremely readily, a thing you do not see in 3D.
Even though things in 3D work much more slowly the miraculous is none-the-less common. In everyday reality in human endeavor we can find inner miraculous workings of things that are impossible to explain. Humans do not live entirely in this 3D machine universe of pure cause and effect. If we did we could not take ourselves to task to do more.
The mystery is that this inner 4D world is right here. And although it is within 3D it is a vaster world. The 3D world exists downhill of it and as a special case of it. One would think that therefore that 3D would exist within 4D but paradoxically it is the other way around. Or it seems so since this is the world of the subatomic and seems smaller.
When the holy men tell you to "go within" they are not talking metaphorically. They are talking about going in your awareness to the fourth dimension, a broader dimension paradoxically inside the third dimension. There is more light inside a black whole than outside and more room in there too as things in there are denser. That fact of physics of the subatomic 4D world is of the same kind of paradoxical reality. That is how this universe is made.
Ultimately science is not antithetical and contradictory to religion but both are part of a larger whole. And spirituality, and a spiritual kind of science, is the greater whole that includes them. Our current western world culture is only beginning to discover that kind of magic.
In the 3D world things are acted upon from without and have no volition of their own. When a complex thing like a human being acts like a billiard ball that has been hit and rebounds we call that evil because a human was supposed to be able to do better than that. Someone hits you so you respond and hit back like a ball hit and bouncing off of a surface and coming back to retaliate. Acting like that reveals one is caught in one's behavior in a realm of crude justice with no forgiveness. Much of the human race acts like this. We are injured so we retaliate. We react rather than act on our own. That is behavior trapped in the 3D universe and not rising above it. Causation and justice are closely related and forgiveness is of another realm.