Neurotheology

Authored by: Wesley J. Wildman , Ian R. Cooley

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922

10.4324/9780203387856.ch71

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Abstract

Neurotheology is a multidisciplinary field bridging the neurosciences and theology. It also draws on allied disciplines such as comparative psychology, evolutionary anthropology, cognitive science, medicine, philosophy, ethics, and religious studies. One of its aims is to deepen understanding of religious beliefs, behaviors, and experiences. A more specific definition has not achieved consensus among those working in the field, and even the name is controversial at present. This chapter introduces (what some are calling) neurotheology from several angles: history, methodology, major research areas, common criticisms, and questions of ontology and value.

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