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Mystical Mind (Theology and the Sciences) (Theology & the Sciences)

Mystical Mind (Theology and the Sciences) (Theology & the Sciences)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780800631635
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Release Date: Aug 01, 1999
  • Edition: First Edition, Later Printing
  • Pages: 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.54 x 8.96 x 6.00 inches


How does the mind experience the sacred? What biological mechanisms are involved in mystical states and trances? Is there a neurological basis for patterns in comparative religions? Does religion have an evolutionary function? This pathbreaking work by two leading medical researchers explores the neurophysiology of religious experience. Building on an explanation of the basic structure of the brain, the authors focus on parts most relevant to human experience, emotion, and cognition. On this basis, they plot how the brain is involved in mystical experiences. Successive chapters apply this scheme to mythmaking, ritual and liturgy, meditation, near-death experiences, and theology itself. Anchored in such research, the authors also sketch the implications of their work for philosophy, science, theology, and the future of religion.

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