Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods
The field of psychology, and especially neuropsychology, can be daunting for Christian students trying to find their way. In the face of surprising new research and radical new theories, it is tempting to limit the integration of Christianity and psychology...
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The field of psychology, and especially neuropsychology, can be daunting for Christian students trying to find their way. In the face of surprising new research and radical new theories, it is tempting to limit the integration of Christianity and psychology to relatively "safe" topics that one can easily differentiate from matters of faith. In Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods, the highly esteemed professor of psychology, Malcolm Jeeves, insists on addressing the difficult questions head-on.
Do I have a soul?
How free am I?
What makes me uniquely human?
Does my brain have a "God spot"?
In this hypothetical correspondence with a student, Jeeves argues that we must avoid false choices in the relation between Scripture and science. Christians need not choose between a "God of the gaps" that competes with science, a "neurotheology" that bases our understanding of God on the latest scientific theory, or a scientific reductionism that claims to have explained God away as a mere function of the brain. Students encountering the brave new world of neuroscience need not view such research as a threat to the faith. With the wisdom of a seasoned scholar, Jeeves guides us down the road less-traveled&-the way of integration.
Malcolm A. Jeeves CBE (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an eminent neuropsychologist, a past president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotlands National Academy of Science and Letters, is professor emeritus of psychology at St. Andrews University. He was Foundation Professor of Psychology there from 1969 to 1993 and established the universitys acclaimed psychology department. His own research has focused on brain mechanisms and neuroplasticity.
. The author of more than one hundred scientific papers and eleven books, including six related to science and faith, his most recent studies are Human Nature at the Millennium (1997), (with R.J. Berry) Science, Life and Christian Belief (1998), and a volume of essays he edited for Wm. B. Eerdmans, From Cells to Souls; Mind fields: Reflections on the science of mind and brain (1994); Psychology through the eyes of faith with David G. Myers -and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature, which was published in 2004.
- 1. Where Is Psychology Headed?
- 2. How Do Psychologists And Neuroscientists Think About Mind And Brain?
- 3. How Free Am I? Free Will And Determinism
- 4. Determinism, Genetics And The "god Gene"
- 5. Have Benjamin Libet’s Experiments Exploded The Free-will Myth?
- 6. But Is It All In The Brain? The Emergence Of Social Neuroscience
- 7. But What About The Soul?
- 8. If I Don’t Have An Immortal Soul, What Makes Me Human?
- 9. Don’t Parapsychology And Near-death Experiences Prove The Existence Of The Soul?
- 10. Are Humans Different? What About Morality In Animals?
- 11. What Is The Difference Between Altruism, Altruistic Love And Agape?
- 12. Does Language Uniquely Define Us As Humans?
- 13. Does My Brain Have A "god Spot"?
- 14. Does God Guide And Direct Us?
- 15. Does Neuropsychology Have Anything To Offer Psychotherapy And Counseling?
- 16. Are Religious Beliefs The Twenty-first-century Opium Of The People? What About Placebo Effects?
- 17. What About Spirituality? Is It In The Soul Or The Brain?
- 18. Can Science "explain Away" Religion?
- 19. Where Next? Taking Stock
- Further Reading