Hello, George. If you makes you feel any better, I have a chemistry degree. And the research I do on mysticism is all filtered through the lenses of neurophysiology and quantum physics. (Not that I’m really thinking this will make you feel better, but I’m just saying . . . )
One of the reasons Christianity has been having so many problems in recent decades is the lack of willingness to be honest about mysticism and to engage in ethical, scientific research on brain traits such as intuition (which mysticism is merely an extension of).
The brain is capable of lot more than simple accumulation of System 2 facts and figures. Perhaps the brain’s non-Materialist talents are of no interest to you. But most of the people I know who are interested in God, soul, spirituality, faith, meaning, empathy, and connection to the Divine are pretty darned interested in those non-Materialist networks and talents.
There would be no Christianity – nor any Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc. – without the contribution of various mystics along the way.
Some examples of scholars and major contributors to Western thought who thought of themselves as mystics (which is a biological brain talent not a “supernatural” talent) and who looked to the natural sciences to guide their research and their teachings:
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
George Washington Carver
And these are only a few. So you can laugh or you can pull on your research boots and learn more about how these individuals brought science, God, and faith together into their lives of service and scholarly research for the benefit of others.