The New Frontier Of Religion And Science: Religious Experience, Neuroscience and the Transcendent by J. HickThe New Frontier Of Religion And Science: Religious Experience, Neuroscience and the Transcendent by J. Hick

The New Frontier Of Religion And Science: Religious Experience, Neuroscience and the Transcendent

byJ. Hick

Paperback | April 9, 2010

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This is the first major response to the challenge of neuroscience to religion. It considers eastern forms of religious experience as well as Christian viewpoints and challenges the idea of a mind identical to, or a by-product of, brain activity. It explores religion as inner experience of the Transcendent, and suggests a modern spirituality.
JOHN HICK is a world-renowned philosopher of religion. He is the author of numerous books, translated into sixteen languages. He has taught in Britain and the United States and lectured in many countries. His Gifford Lectures, An Interpretation of Religion, received the Grawemeyer Award for new religious thinking.
Title:The New Frontier Of Religion And Science: Religious Experience, Neuroscience and the TranscendentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:April 9, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023025280X

ISBN - 13:9780230252806

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Table of Contents

Religion as Human Institutions
Spirituality and Mysticism
What is Religious Experience?
'By Their Fruits You Will Know Them'
The Neurosciences' Challenge to Religious Belief
Caveats and Questions
Mind-Brain Identity?
Current Naturalistic THeories
The Alternative Possibility
The Epistemological Problem
The Epistemological Solution
Any Particular Religion?
Responses to Religious Diversity
A Philosophy of Religious Pluralism
Pluralism and the Religions
Spirituality for Today
After Death?
Summarizing Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"A clear and attractive defence of the importance of religious experience, with reference both to recent work in neuro-science and to a broad range of religious traditions." -- Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity and head of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, UK"In this exciting new book John Hick discusses a number of fundamental and important problems about religion. The topics he focuses on range from traditional problems of religious pluralism and spirituality to recent neuroscientific criticisms of religious experience. Hick, one of the most prominent living theologians and philosophers of religion, makes a series of fascinating responses to the latest scientific challenges to religion, responses that are consistent with the position he has defended for many decades. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in religion, science and spirituality." -- Yujin Nagasawa, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK"In this sharply argued and bracing book, John Hick considers the range of human religious experience and tries to make sense of it, rejecting in particular attempts based on neuroscience to debunk it. His writing is assured, well-informed, and provocative. This book is certain to generate lively debate." -- Professor Adrian Moore, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford"This is a beautifully written book. Hick introduces not only key issues in neuroscience clearly and in an accessible way, but also offers a convincing critique of the naturalistic presuppositions of its practitioners. But this book is about more than defending religion against the onslaught of scientific humanism: it also seeks to expand his own theory of religion. In a time when the differences between religions seems more acute and threatening than ever, Hick advances a pluralistic perspective that seeks to bring together the wisdom of the world's faiths through an emphasis on the role of spiritual practice. An optimistic, provocative and profound book." -- Beverley Clack, Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes University, UK"[A] major contribution to the debate on religion..."- - David Hay, The Tablet "The debate between natural sciences and religion has sharply increased. The renowned theologian and religious philosopher John Hick meets this challenge. He questions the human preconditions of recognition in view of an increasing biologistic materialism, which regards religion as mere chemical and electrical interactions of the brain." -- Reinhard Kirste, Interrligiose Arbeitsstelle "The New Frontier, however, has a freshness about it. It is a small book that both breaks new ground and offers to those familiar with Hick's corpus a summary the current state of his remarkable life-work...a readily accessible book..." -- Michael A. Chester Religious Studies " is provocative and deeply stimulating...Hick has provided an important and accessible contribution to the science-theology debate which will broaden outlooks and challenge assumptions." -- Mark Harris, Oriel College"...provides a fascinating overview of the whole of Hick's religious and philosophical convictions and the way his thinking has broadened and developed through a life-time of reading and debating." -- Paul Badham, Theology