Where God and Science Meet

Where God and Science Meet

How Brain and Evolutionary Studies Alter Our Understanding of Religion

Book - 2006
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Explains in clear terms the new findings and evidence fathered on the science of religion - neuroscience, evolutionary and cognitive science - featuring some of the most noted authorities in the new field of neurotheology.
Spiritual practices, or awakenings, have an impact on brain, mind and personality. These changes are being scientifically predicted and proven. For example, studies show Buddhist priests and Franciscan nuns at the peak of religious feelings show a functional change in the lobes of their brain. Similar processes have been found in people with epilepsy, which Hippocrates called "the sacred disease." New research is showing that not only does a person's brain activity change in particular areas while that person is experiencing religious epiphany, but such events can be created for some people, even self-professed atheists, by stimulating various parts of the brain. In this far-reaching and novel set, experts from across the nation and around the world present evolutionary, neuroscientific, and psychological approaches to explaining and exploring religion, including the newest findings and evidence that have spurred the fledgling field of neurotheology.

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The meeting is definitely taking place in the house of science, and the emphasis is on biological processes associated with religiousness, though religious processes associated with biologicalness are occasionally addressed--for example the health benefits and risks of religiosity. Mostly psychologists, but also other scientists and a few scholars of religion, look at evolution, genes, and the religious brain in volume one. The second volume discusses the neurology of religious experience; and the third the psychology of religious experience. The volumes are paged and indexed separately. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275987886
Branch Call Number: 200.1 WHE
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McNamara, Patrick 1956-


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