In a sense it is true that all science is explained by physics and philosophical naturalism, but unsaid of course by scientists is that God or Godhood can also be defined by physics and philosophical naturalism. Causality is part of science, but causality is also part of religion, in that physical events have prior causes that can be explained by the same thing in religion or science. An organism obeys the laws of physics. Life, consciousnesses, motivations, etc. can be explained both scientifically and religiously as caused by the same activation by the material/supermaterial Spirit-Will-To-Godhood within life. Science needs to discover this sacred activation and then religion can join science or science can join religion.
This transformation of the material into the supermaterial comes not as some modern physicists have attempted to save religion by turning the quantum world into the spiritual world, but by the opposite, by seeing the spiritual world as the supermaterial world. One day a new theory will reveal the deeper material reality behind the subatomic world. Quantum mechanics is a form of materialism yet to be defined. Some form of matter is all, even beneath energy and the quantum world.
The deepest reading of the Revealed Religions centers on an Inward God not an Outward God, which is limiting. The Inward God is the image or blissful experience of the Outward God (opposite Plato), and outward Godhood can exist as a supreme supermaterial living object, or objects, evolved to in material nature. Both Paths are contained within the Twofold Path of theological materialism. The activating Spirit-Will and Godhood are not immaterial entities, as they are in Aristotle, Aquinas and even Darwin.
Human nature has the capacity to perceive some of reality but we will need to evolve much higher to perceive all of reality. Mental properties are derived from non-mental properties, which evolved into mental properties. We will need to evolve higher intelligence and higher consciousness to perceive more of reality.
When we see two objects with our senses we may not see all aspects of the objects because we are constrained by the abilities of our senses. We see the object different than a frog or an eagle, but we still see the object with our particular senses, as they do. Only later do humans compare, integrate or segregate what we have seen with conceptions and memories in our minds. But our mind's concepts go back to the original object we saw with our senses, or should. We too often escape in our minds and we think of the concepts in our minds as more real than the object we saw with our senses---intellectuals are prone to this. Intellectual's are best when grounded in the reality of real objects, and not merely in the conceptions in their minds.
The real object is more important than the definition of the object, and this realism actually reverses many religious and philosophical views of reality, which worship concepts and sacred words and consider concepts and words as real and real material objects as unreal. Spiritualism comes from considering material objects as unreal and unreal concepts as real. Materialism comes from considering real living objects as real. Supermaterialism, as seen in theological materialism, describes material evolution evolving to supermaterial Godhood. To attain Godhood we must evolve along with the laws of real nature. This can bring science and materialism legitimately back to religion. What has come before in religion and philosophy can be retained but considered incomplete glimpses-experiences of real Godhood.
The basic epistemology of theological materialism is the following:
The naturalist “hypothetico-deductive" method is an important way to find truths, but the religious Inward Path to the Soul and Spirit-Will and intellectual intuition are also ways to find truths. Both methods are applied in EC. This presupposes that the mind can do more than process data.
Theological Materialism does not make that tragic mistake. Truth and Godhood are seen as material and supermaterial. Material life evolves in the material world to Godhood. The real “sin,” or evolutionary mistake, is failing to evolve toward Godhood in the material world. The real, living, material object comes before the abstract, non-material, definition of the living object.