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A New Biology of Religion: Spiritual Practice and the Life of the Body

A New Biology of Religion: Spiritual Practice and the Life of the Body

by Michael Steinberg
     
 

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This book is unique in its focus on bodily experience as an independent source of knowledge and insight, an important aspect of recent discoveries in neurology and psychology. By rethinking what it is to be human and what role self-consciousness plays, it finds striking points of intersection between science and religion and challenges readers to rediscover their

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This book is unique in its focus on bodily experience as an independent source of knowledge and insight, an important aspect of recent discoveries in neurology and psychology. By rethinking what it is to be human and what role self-consciousness plays, it finds striking points of intersection between science and religion and challenges readers to rediscover their spiritual connections to the physical world.

Combining scientific rigor with the spiritual quest, A New Biology of Religion: Spiritual Practice and the Life of the Body reframes the science-religion debate. This profound work examines how all things are connected—both scientifically and spiritually—and shows how religious practices mirror the biological processes of life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Steinberg, an independent scholar and attorney, presents a lively case for revisioning one's conception of both religion and biology along non-Western (mainly Eastern) lines. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440802850
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/06/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
221
File size:
792 KB

What People are saying about this

Judith Blackstone
"This beautifully articulate book brings much needed insight and sanity to the current debate between followers of science and religion. Steinberg's warm, intelligent voice leads us gently but persuasively to the recognition of an embodied spirituality that vanquishes the illusion of self/object duality and provides the basis for a genuinely ethical life. This is an enjoyable, informative, and illuminating read."
Michael Vater
"Steinberg offers a refutation of the claims of the ‘new atheists' that the Darwinian paradigm of evolutionary biology precludes the truth of any religion by showing that biology, rightly understood, suggests that humans are not computing devices inserted into robotic machines, but living wholes where life animates the minutest parts, and where community and inclusion are the rule, not exclusion and control. Conversant with the whole range of world religions and up to the minute in its grasp of biology, Steinberg argues that the life of a religion and the liveliness of its practices are the proper measures of its truth."
Michael Francis Gibson
"This profound and truly groundbreaking book outlines a new approach to issues of faith and disbelief. It marks a highly promising departure from the familiar debate in which believers and atheists take a stand behind dogmatic barricades. Instead of focusing upon the monotheistic religions alone and upholding or denying the possibility of a revealed truth Michael Steinberg turns to various non-western traditions and suggests how and why body and mind appear to respond to their ritual practices and find fulfilment in them."

Meet the Author

Michael Steinberg is the author of The Fiction of a Thinkable World: Body, Meaning, and the Culture of Capitalism.

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