Two men observe a snowcovered mountain, jagged peaks rising, clouds swirling around the summit, an occasional avalanche billowing down the slope. One man (flicking his cigarette butt into the virgin snow) says, “look at that big snow covered rock”; the other (with tears in his eyes) exclaims, “this is the most awesome sight I have ever beheld”. Can we not say that one had a materialistic experience, while the other had a spiritual experience?
It’s a false claim that one needs to embrace the woo in order to embrace the beauty and grandeur of reality. All one has to do is read Sagan or Dawkins. And the late Richard Feynman said it better than almost anyone: see him HERE.
The material world is awesome enough. We don’t need to construct fairy stories to make it awesome.