Neurotheology

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Abstract

Neuroscience studies many of the conditions and concomitants for the exercise of those intellectual and moral powers usually considered most specific to the human person. The notion of the person is also central to what is called revealed theology. For this reason and others, prospects for neurotheology seem promising, despite the difficulties of demarcating the proper scope and methods of the field. An emerging theme is the special role of the non-dominant hemisphere in theology and religion. In addition, although strongly reductive interpretations that “explain away” theological matters are likely to attract ongoing interest, there are more expansive modes of interpretation. For example, the embodied cognition that is a central theme of modern neuroscience may have surprising parallels with a subtle, pre-Cartesian tradition of theological anthropology, offering new perspectives on human action and flourishing.

Keywords

Human Person Religious Experience Moral Power Popular Interest Theological Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and ReligionUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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