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ERIC Number: EJ928081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Neuroscience, Christian Theology, and a Fuller Understanding of the Human Person
Flaman, Paul
Religious Education, v106 n3 p252-256 2011
The author's specialization as a Christian theologian is in the combined area of morality and spirituality. The focus of his teaching and research has been in the areas of bioethics; the theology of sexuality, marriage, and the family; and Christian spirituality. In his research he came across several authors who advocated some positions different than his own and referred to certain findings of neuroscience to support their positions. Not wanting to simply dismiss what these authors said led him to a deeper exploration of neuroscience and its relevance to his work as a Christian theologian. With the help of a neuroscientist and professor at another academic institution in Edmonton, the author developed an interdisciplinary course in the area of neuroscience and Christian theology, and received a Templeton award for the development of such new science and religion courses. Learning more about neuroscience has helped him to appreciate better the need for a holistic and balanced anthropology as a foundation for approaching moral, spiritual, and educational issues. Among other things, it has helped him to appreciate better human nature as embodied persons. In this article, the author outlines some of the contributions of neuroscience, philosophy, and Christian theology. Together they can help individuals to have a fuller understanding of human experience and the human person, than each by itself. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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