Religious and Spiritual Experiences

Religious and Spiritual Experiences

by Wesley J. Wildman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107000084

ISBN-13: 9781107000087

Pub. Date: 01/06/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What is the value of religious and spiritual experiences within human life? Are we evolutionarily programmed to have such experiences? How will emerging technologies change such experiences in the future? Wesley Wildman addresses these key intellectual questions and more, offering a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of the diverse variety of religious

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What is the value of religious and spiritual experiences within human life? Are we evolutionarily programmed to have such experiences? How will emerging technologies change such experiences in the future? Wesley Wildman addresses these key intellectual questions and more, offering a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of the diverse variety of religious and spiritual experiences. He describes these experiences, from the common to the exceptional, and offers innovative classifications for them based on their neurological features and internal qualities. His account avoids reductionalistic oversimplifications and instead synthesizes perspectives from many disciplines, including philosophy and natural sciences, into a compelling account of the meaning and value of religious and spiritual experiences in human life. The resulting interpretation does not assume a supernatural worldview nor does it reject such experiences as positive affirmation of this-worldly existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107000087
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Exploring a strange yet familiar landscape:
a strategy for interpreting religious and spiritual experiences
2. Spirituality and the brain:
a revolutionary scientific approach to religious and spiritual experiences
3. A smorgasbord of dangers and delights:
the phenomenology of religious and spiritual experiences
4. Gateway to ultimacy:
the importance of intense experiences
5. Can you trust your instincts? The cognitive reliability of religious and spiritual experiences
6. The brain-group nexus:
the social power of religious and spiritual experiences
7. Make it start, make it stop! Religious and spiritual experiences in the future
8. Brains in bodies, persons in groups, and religion in nature:
an integrative interpretation of religious and spiritual experiences
Glossary of key terms
Works cited.

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