I’ve finally taken the time to read an article in Friday, January 26, 2007′s Telegraph Journal called, “The Science Behind Spirituality” that I found interesting. There’s not a lot of information there and it basically just whetted my appetite for more. I’m interested in mind and brain studies and science as it relates to spirituality, faith and religion. It begins by posing some questions:
Does God exist outside the human mind, or is God a creation of our brains? Why do we have faith in things that we cannot prove, whether it’s the afterlife or UFOs?
It admits that,
Very few are looking at spirituality from a neurological side, from the brain-mind side, said Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of the centre.
The “centre” is not a literal building, but a
multidisciplinary team of Penn researchers exploring the relationship between the brain and spirituality from biological, psychological, social and ideological viewpoints. Founded last April, it is bringing together some 20 experts from fields including medicine, pastoral care, religious studies, social work and bioethics.
The brain is a believing machine because it has to be… Beliefs affect every part of our lives. They make us who we are. They are the essence of our being… Atheists have belief systems, too.
Interesting material that deserves my ongoing study. Expect more of it on my blog.