The Synaptic Gospel: Teaching the Brain to Worship

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In this book, Christopher D. Rodkey asks how the brain worships and responds by engaging ideas from neurological science, philosophy, ritual theory, and religious education. The Synaptic Gospel will prove to be a useful theoretical tool for pastors, religious educators, youth ministers, church music professionals, and seminary students.

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In this book, Christopher Rodkey asks how the brain worships and responds by engaging ideas from neurological science, philosophy, ritual theory, and religious education. From this exploration, two new paradigms for pastoral ministry emerge. First, Rodkey proposes a "pan-generational" principle, advocating an empathy-based approach for fostering faith communities, a principle that is radically inclusive to all generations. Second, Rodkey argues that worship and religious education should converge to include a shared goal of teaching individuals to "live liturgically."

In The Synaptic Gospel, Rodkey argues that living and thinking liturgically is learned behavior that may be promoted through pan-generational worship. The book concludes with a special emphasis on practical suggestions for youth ministry. This book will prove to be a useful theoretical tool for pastors, religious educators, youth ministers, church music professionals, and seminary students.

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"Chris Rodkey raises the most important liturgical questions that every congregation seeking to minister to children and youth should be asking." --The Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, co-author of Toward a Hopeful Future and editor of The Hyphenateds

"Anyone who works with youth, leads worship, or wonders what is at stake when we remove children and youth from worship should read this book." --The Rev. John W. Vest, Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

"Rodkey...helps us remember not only why pan-generational worship matters, but also how worship is enriched when we learn anew from them what perhaps we used to know, but through long practice, have forgotten."
--The Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources, The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church

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