New Frontier Of Religion And Science
  • New Frontier Of Religion And Science
  • New Frontier Of Religion And Science

New Frontier Of Religion And Science

by John Hick
     
 

This is the first major response to the new challenge of neuroscience to religion. There have been limited responses from a purely Christian point of view, but this takes account of eastern as well as western forms of religious experience. It challenges the prevailing naturalistic assumption of our culture, including the idea that the mind is either identical with

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This is the first major response to the new challenge of neuroscience to religion. There have been limited responses from a purely Christian point of view, but this takes account of eastern as well as western forms of religious experience. It challenges the prevailing naturalistic assumption of our culture, including the idea that the mind is either identical with or a temporary by-product of brain activity. It also discusses religion as institutions and religion as inner experience of the Transcendent, and suggests a form of spirituality for today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230507715
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

If you take for granted the widespread assumption of our culture that matter constitutes the totality of reality, this book will challenge that assumption. The pervasive materialist or physicalist presupposition of so much thinking is not scientifically established but is a basic article of naturalistic faith. Professor Hick argues that the widely held belief that consciousness is identical with or a by-product of the functioning of the brain is unsustainable. There is non-physical as well as physical reality. It is entirely that there is a divine realm transcending the material universe but encountered in religious beliefs. He looks carefully at the epistemological implications of this. But Hick also challenges many traditional religious beliefs. He distinguishes himself between religion as human institutions, which have done as much harm as good in the world, and religion as the inner spiritual response to the Transcendent. Whereas institutional religion has divided humanity, spiritual or mystical experience can unite people of every part of the world.

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