Mystical Mind

Mystical Mind

by Eugene D'Aquili, Andrew B. Newberg
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800631635
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Series:
Theology and the Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,433,703
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Prelude to the Mystical Mind1
1Introduction3
2The Brain and Central Nervous System21
3The Basis for the Mystical Mind47
Pt. 2The Mystical Mind77
4Why the Mind Creates Myth79
5Ritual, Liturgy, and the Mind95
6The Mind, Meditation, and Mysticism109
7The Near-Death Experience as a Mystical Phenomenon121
Pt. 3Neurotheology and the Paradox of Phenomenology145
8The Origin of Religion147
9Neurotheology163
10Consciousness and Reality177
11Metatheology and Megatheology195
12Epilogue: Some Practical Reflections205
Notes213
Index223

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