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From Cells to Souls and Beyond : Changing Portraits of Human Nature

From Cells to Souls and Beyond : Changing Portraits of Human Nature - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0802809858

Cover of From Cells to Souls and Beyond : Changing Portraits of Human Nature 04 (ISBN 978-0802809858)
ISBN13: 978-0802809858
ISBN10: 0802809855
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing
Published: 2004
International: No

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From Cells to Souls and Beyond : Changing Portraits of Human Nature - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0802809858

Malcolm Jeeves

ISBN13: 978-0802809858
ISBN10: 0802809855
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

For more than a decade developments in science have prompted wide-ranging discussions about human nature. Gone are the days when this subject was the preserve of theologians and philosophers; today the fields of genetics and neuroscience are shifting attention to the biological basis of human nature. This engaging book takes readers straight to the intersection of religion and science, exploring what new scientific knowledge does and does not say about religious views on personhood.

Written by an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, From Cells to Souls -- and Beyond examines such questions as personal identity, the meaning of "human," the mind-body relationship, and subjective spiritual experience. Each topic is discussed against the backdrop of biblical theology with the relevant science made clear. The result is a fresh interpretation of the Christian doctrine of humankind true to both science and Scripture.

Table of Contents

Brain, Mind, and Person: Cloning and Questions of Identity
The Emergence of Persons
The Vulnerability of Persons: Religion and Neurology
Neurobiological Embodiment of Spirituality and Soul
Embodied Spirituality: Experiences of Identity and Spiritual Suffering among Persons with Alzheimer's Dementia
Genetic and Social Influences on Religion and Values
Spiritual Awareness, Personality, and Illness
Visual Experiences and Mental States: Understanding Christic Visions
Persons in Philosophical and Biblical Perspective
What Does It Mean to Be Human? Another Chapter in the Ongoing Interaction of Science and Scripture
What Is a Person?
The Addressee of Divine Sustenance, Rescue, and Elevation: Toward a Nonreductive Understanding of Human Personhood
Toward a Composite Portrait of Human Nature