The Table

Topic: Brain

  • The Brain and Self-Judgment: How Does Religion Affect the Pre-Frontal Cortex?

    By Jeffrey M. SchwartzDecember 19, 2016

    "In a key study done in Beijing, very interesting differences were found in these two self-processing regions in religious Christians compared to non-religious subjects. In non-religious people, self-judgments (judgments about traits people believe describe themselves) were clearly associated with increases in the 'It’s About Me' brain area. Religious Christians, however, did not show increases in the 'It’s About Me' area when making these kinds of self-related assessments." Jeffrey M. Schwartz explains the effects of religion on an interesting part of the brain.

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  • Rewiring the Brain for Happiness: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 2

    By Kevin CorcoranNovember 2, 2015

    During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”

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  • Happiness on the Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Part 1

    By Kevin CorcoranOctober 21, 2015

    The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a lot of talk about “neuroplasticity”—the idea that we can “rewire” our brains. The very idea has spawned a new kind of industry, the “neuro-industry.” From neuroeconomics, neurocriticism, and neurotheology, to neuromagic and neuromarketing, “neuro” sells books and seminars. But the way that findings in contemporary neuroscience are routinely applied to issues for which they were never meant to serve leads some to refer to the whole “neuro-this-that-and-the-other-thing” as nothing more than “neurobollocks.”

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  • Aren't Souls Passé? Biblical Reflections on Human Nature

    By Joshua FarrisAugust 5, 2015

    Theologian Joshua Farris challenges the growing assumption that belief in immaterial souls is passé, specifically addressing the arguments of Joel Green, and reflecting on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.

    This is Part 1 of our series on Theological Anthropology, "What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"

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  • Following Jesus, Believing in the Soul

    By Mike SanbornFebruary 9, 2015

    "When I talk with people at my church about the implications of neuroscience on Christian faith, and I tell them that there are serious Christians who do not believe that we have souls, they look at me with bewilderment."

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  • Embodied Spirituality: A CCT Conversation with James K.A. Smith, Betsy Barber, and Todd Pickett

    By Evan C. RosaAugust 14, 2014

    James K.A. Smith, Betsy Barber, and Todd Pickett discuss: suspicions about psychology in Christian spirituality, ancient psychologists' insight on spiritual formation, why the body is so important in Christian theology and spiritual practice, prayer, and formation of the whole person.

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  • Is Sam Harris Right About Free Will?: A Book Review

    By Stewart GoetzMay 26, 2014

    "I would like to praise Harris for writing Free Will. I think he deserves it. But he would probably tell me that he only did what his genes, political and economic background, etc. causally determined him to do. Therefore, no praise is deserved."

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