Neurotheology helps settle relationship between science, spirituality

Dombrowski(Photo: PDN file) “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” — Carl Sagan There is a new kid on the scientific community’s block: neurotheology — also known as spiritual neuroscience or the neuroscience of religion. It is defined as “the study of correlations of neural phenomena with subjective experiences of spirituality and hypothesis to explain these phenomena.” It describes the scientific study of the neural correlates of religion or spiritual beliefs and practices — as opposed to the psychology of religion, which studies psychological, rather than neural, states. The term neurotheology was first used by English writer Aldous Huxley in his utopian novel “Island,” which was first published in 1962. Up until the late 20th century, the mainstream scientific community characterized it as…

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