In the last several decades, scientific research on the
way the brain functions has revolutionized more than
clinical psychology and medicine. Our brains do not
simply process information. They create what each of
us knows as reality and how we construe its meaning.
This has dramatic implications not only for psychology,
but for virtually every field, including religion.
This groundbreaking, accessible book examines
the implications of cognitive study for theology. It
reviews current theory on how our brains construct our
world in order to guide us safely through life, creating
and appreciating meaning as we go. It explores what
religious experience is as it plays out in our brains and
how modern science challenges historic ideas about
free will and undermines the religious concept of the
soul as a metaphysical entity separable from the body.
Finally, it examines what cognitive science reveals
about community and asks why we should be loyal to
one faith if, in fact, all major religious traditions deal
effectively with universal human needs.
Avoiding neurological jargon and respectful to all
faiths, this is the first comprehensive look at the insights
and challenges of cognitive studies for religion.