Johnson: Neuroscience is not a threat to faith

CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer Do people simply choose to believe in things like Santa Claus or the supernatural origin of Jesus Christ, or are humans’ brains actually designed to seek out belief in something? That was a question addressed by the Rev. Heidi Johnson during the Cleveland Rotary Club’s last meeting of the year. Johnson, an ordained Presbyterian minister and an adjunct theology professor at Lee University, shared her thoughts on her “hobby,” neuroscience. She explained she first gained an interest in neuroscience when she got to participate in study involving a cadaver in college. As she learned about the brain by observing a real one, she began pondering how it related to faith. Johnson began her talk by sharing some highlights in the field of neuroscience, including a study by…

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