Where God Lives in the Human Brain by James B. Ashbrook

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"We have been religious for as long as we have been Homo sapiens..."

Walking the fine line between religious belief and recent scientific discoveries about the human brain, Where God Lives in the Human Brain explores the way humans have evolved to seek meaning in the world, to humanize our environment and to long for connection with the divine.

This enlightening, highly researched book shows how the way the brain works produces various interpretations and understandings of God. Our reptilian brain, the oldest part, gives us ritual, holy places and an ever-present God, while our mammalian brain gives us a loving, nurturing God. Our neocortex, the organizing part of the brain, gives us a God who is purposeful on our behalf.

In the final analysis, human beings are hardwired to seek--and find--God. Where God Lives in the Human Brain shows how we can understand this impulse toward divinity by understanding the intricacies of our brain and its capacity to grapple with the complexity of our universe.

 

About James B. Ashbrook

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Albright is associate for programs at the Chicago Center for Religion and Science. Ashbrook is professor emeritus of religion and personality at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Sourcebooks. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Finally, the authors make clear that they assume a loving God created the universe and that the brain has something to do with our experience of that God, but the details of their argument are hard to follow.

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