Yet for many human minds, this isn't quite enough.
"Our brains are extraordinarily complex, and the two engines that make us human are, on one hand, the dimension of logic and, on the other hand, the dimension of feeling and experience."
The dimension of feeling and experience, Raman argues, has a tendency to transcend logic - even in the face of biochemical and hormonal explanations.
"The explanation is very different from the experience itself," Raman says, "not unlike music, for example. Music can be explained and analyzed in terms of the notes and the components, but the experience of music goes way beyond the logic and the mathematics that undergird the production of sound."
The Future of Faith and Science
Many atheists and believers, therefore, continue to explain the music of the universe from the perspectives of their own entrenched extremes. The conflict might not evaporate any time soon, but Raman believes both science and faith will eventually drift more toward the middle path.
"I seriously doubt that the dialogue will cease, but I do believe that as a result of these exchanges, religion is likely to become less irrational in some of its expressions," Raman says. "In fact, one would hope that the greatest contribution science can make in calming religion is to eradicate the many unpleasant, unhappy and in many cases destructive aspects of religious expression."