Minding God

Minding God

by Gregory R. Peterson, George R. Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800634985

ISBN-13: 9780800634988

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

Does it make sense to speak of the "mind of God"? Are humans unique? Do we have souls? Our growing explorations of the cognitive sciences pose significant challenges to and opportunities for theological reflection. Gregory Peterson introduces these sciences: neuroscience, artificial intelligence, animal cognition, linguistics, and psychology-that specifically…  See more details below

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Does it make sense to speak of the "mind of God"? Are humans unique? Do we have souls? Our growing explorations of the cognitive sciences pose significant challenges to and opportunities for theological reflection. Gregory Peterson introduces these sciences: neuroscience, artificial intelligence, animal cognition, linguistics, and psychology-that specifically contribute to the new picture and their philosophical underpinnings. He shows its implications for rethinking longstanding Western assumptions about the unity of the self, the nature of consciousness, free will, inherited sin, and religious experience. Such findings also illumine our understanding of God's own mind, the God-world relationship, new notions of divine design, and the implications of a universe of evolving minds.

Peterson is gifted at explaining scientific concepts and drawing their implications for religious belief and theology. His work demonstrates how new work in cognitive sciences upends and reconfigures many popular assumptions about human uniqueness, mind-body relationship, and how we speak of divine and human intelligence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800634988
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
Theology and the Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Pt. 1God, Mind, and Cognitive Science
1What Does Silicon Valley Have to Do with Jerusalem?3
2How the Mind Works: A Cognitive Science Perspective23
Pt. 2Minding Persons
3Fitting Square Pegs into Round Wholes: The Problem of Consciousness49
4Do Split Brains Listen to Prozac?74
5Mysterium Tremendum99
Pt. 3Minding Nature
6Alone in the Universe?121
7Whence Original Sin?151
Pt. 4Minding God
8The Mind of God183
9The Nature and Destiny of Minds202
Glossary223
Notes227
Bibliography235
Index247

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