This is Your Brain on Catholicism

Thanks to Kathy Schiffer for pointing out the link to this study, which reports a difference in the way Catholic and Atheist brains work in the face of a moral dilemma.  I’ve only looked at the abstract, and of course one must never overdo in one’s inferences.

There is a Bible verse that relates to this phenomenon, one that the spouse made it his goal to memorize years ago when he first became a Christian:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2.

Humans are both body *and* soul, bound together so firmly that if you try to separate the two, death is the result.  The growth of our soul is expressed in the transformation of our bodies, as this study hints.  What we do with our bodies likewise changes our souls.

Lest you despair because it feels like your soul is stymied by an uncooperative body, my thoughts on that vexing situation are in the second half of this post here.

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About Jennifer Fitz

Jennifer Fitz is the author of Classroom Management for Catechists, and general editor of the Catholic Writers Guild blog. In addition to her pile of Catholic writing for Patheos, you can find her at CatholicMom.com, New Evangelizers, and Amazing Catechists. When she isn't blogging, teaching, or complaining about something, she likes to play outside.


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