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The Physical Nature of Christian Life

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This book explores the implications of recent insights in modern neuroscience for the church's view of spiritual formation.
The Physical Nature of Christian Life
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This book explores the implications of recent insights in modern neuroscience for the church's view of spiritual formation. Science suggests that functions of the brain and body in collaboration with social experience, rather than a disembodied soul, provide physical basis for the mental capacities, interpersonal relations, and religious experiences of human beings. The realization that human beings are wholly physical, but with unique mental, relational, and spiritual capacities, challenges traditional views of Christian life as defined by the care of souls, a view that leads to inwardness and individuality. Psychology and neuroscience suggest the importance of developmental openness, attachment, imitation, and stories as tools in spiritual formation. Accordingly, the idea that care of embodied persons should be fundamentally social and communal sets new priorities for encouraging spiritual growth and building congregations.
Warren S. Brown is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Travis Research Institute at the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a research neuropsychologist with more than eighty peer-reviewed scientific papers on human brain function and behavior. He has also edited or co-authored four previous books, most recently Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion (with Malcolm Jeeves, 2009). Brad D. Strawn is Vice President for Spiritual Development and Dean of the Chapel at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma. He recently co-edited the book Wesleyan Theology and Social Science: The Dance of Practical Divinity (2010) and he is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
1. Introduction; Part I. Human Nature as Physical: 2. Christian history and the two-part person; 3. Embodiment of soulishness; Part II. The Formation of Persons: 4. How bodies become persons; 5. How relationships shape us; 6. How we are changed and transformed; Part III. Embodied Christian Life and the Church: 7. Why bodies need churches; 8. Church bodies; 9. The embodied church; 10. Concluding thoughts: the church after dualism.
Author
Warren S. Brown, Brad D. Strawn
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0521515939
ISBN-13
9780521515931
Format
Hardcover
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Subtitle
Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
261.515
Illustrations
1 b/w illus.
Short Title
PHYSICAL NATURE OF CHRISTIAN L
Language
English
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-06-18
Pages
190
Birth
1944
Affiliation
Fuller Theological Seminary, USA
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