"I remember a lecture on magic I attended when I was younger. The old professor ranted and rambled for an hour or two, citing theories, statistics and facts about magic, and at the end she said, 'We are the products of magic. We are helpless, irrelevant users of this indifferent force of nature. Our very existence is dependent on it. Learn to respect it, or it will disrespect you.' But I know now that she didn't respect magic. Not truly. She treated magic like it was some dimwitted animal from the Everfree--dangerous, but controllable. Not as the miracle that it is.
The atheists and apostates of the world continuously try to break down magic into rules and mathematical formulae because they are frightened of it. They have no faith. The non-believers reject the truth because they cannot bear to think that their 'scientists' and 'scholars of magic' might not have all the answers. Magic is a gift--a blessing from the Goddess--but they would rather shun that gift and stay in the dark where they do not have to fear the unknown."
---Priestess Arcana of The Neo-Concordian Cult.
[And just to reassure you, this has nothing to do with any actual religious beliefs on my part. I've just been replaying Bioshock: Infinite lately.]