The Sacred Neuron: Discovering the Extraordinary Links Between Science and Religion

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Why do we think that things happen in the way that they do? Why do we think that some things are true, and other things false? Why do we maintain that some things are good, and other things evil? These are questions that have puzzled thinkers for millennia. In the past they have been answered by separating our emotional from our rational responses. But recent research in the neurosciences suggests that the questions now deserve very different answers. In this fascinating and highly praised book, John Bowker shows that reason and emotion work much more closely together in forming opinions and judgements than has previously been supposed. If faith and belief are rooted in rationality, not separate from it (as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might propose), this discovery has stunning implications for our understanding of human identity, mind and consciousness. Illuminating some of the biggest issues that there are - issues of ethics, religion, aesthetics and truth - The Sacred Neuron makes a consistently original and stimulating contribution to key themes in 'science and religion'.

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John W. Bowker was formerly Professor of Religious Studies at Lancaster University and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. Now retired, he is one of the best-known contemporary writers on religion and is the author of many books, including The Meanings of Death, and God: A Brief History

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""Scholarship of this quality is so rare, particularly in the domain of ""science and religion"".. Bowker's discussion of 'truth' and its relevance to an understanding of the world's religions and the animosities between them is replete with a poignant wisdom, born of his great understanding of so many religious traditions. The Reasons Why is an eloquent testimony to the value of informed interdisciplinary reflection.""--John Hedley Brooke, Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford

""The Reasons Why is one of the first books to take seriously the impact of modern neuroscience on how our perception of the external world must affect our understanding of emotion, rationality, ethics and religion. With great charm and humour, and with extraordinary breadth of scholarship, Bowker shows how religious experience might be said to have meaning in the twenty-first century. His book will become a classic statement, and a turning point in understanding why we have to let go of those aspects of religious thought that have become hypocritical or absurd, and how we may re-engage instead with the fundamental intentions of religious belief and behaviour.""--Mark Williams, University of Oxford

""Never was a book more timely for the world: just when it seems that moral absolutes have been either swept away or have staged a frightening and unyielding comeback, John Bowker steps forward to explain how we can find some sure footing in the world of aesthetic and moral ambiguities...The Scared Neuron is an awesomely impressive book.""--Joan Bakewell

""Whether goodness will survive modernity is one of the most urgent questions of our age. In this lucid and erudite work, John Bowker discovers the surprising outlines of an answer.""--Bryan Appleyard, author and journalist

""The Sacred Neuron is a rare mixture of intellectual, religious, aesthetic and ethical history and theology, all enhanced by John Bowker's special compound of meticulous scholarship and deep faith. The book is brave and broad. Reading it mingles fascination with pleasure.""--Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London

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