Attempts to unite religion and science are not new. A big part of the challenge is finding the right language to draw parallels with, and physicists have been especially willing to walk this line.
The first of such physicists, Fritjof Capra, was aided with psychedelics. When Capra published The Tao of Physics in 1975, publishers were skeptical of relating theoretical physics with Eastern mysticism. But the book became a best-seller, catapulting a framework for discussing spirituality and science into new light — even as critics doubted whether Capra understood quantum field theory.
Still, of all the sciences, physics is the most popular for merging spirit and data. Given there’s no biological basis for souls or an afterlife, no chemical foundation of ethereal entities — nor would any neuroscientist seriously consider dualism, even as neurosurgeons display a penchant for discussing heaven — the theoretical nature of physics seems a perfect landing pad for the theoretical nature of religion.