I concur with Tyler Cowen’s explanations, and would add two thoughts.
The great science vs. religion debate — which began as a minority proposition during the Enlightenment and arguably reached its argumentative climax in the 1925 Scopes trial — has played out to the point of public exhaustion. In the resultant vacuum, new approaches to questions about religion are possible, and some people are pursuing them.
I expect that some sort of scientific proof of God will emerge in the near future. When it does, the people who can explain or apply it will become celebrities.