What is Neurotheology?
The Correlation of Faith and Neuroscience
Neuroscience involves physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, psychology, and many other disciplines. Theology generally relates to the study of the nature of God, Absolute Reality, religious faith, practice, and experience. Neurotheology is most simply put the intersection of belief and neuroscience.
Despite enormous difference in beliefs throughout the world, people of faith also have much in common. The Golden Rule and love are at the heart of most peoples’ faith systems. Neuroscience shows that when we live by love, joy, peace, and kindness we are richly rewarded in our bodies.
To show you how we are richly rewarded, this site draws together scientific discoveries from many sources including secular, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist neuroscientists. Even in our disagreement there is much we can learn from one another.
Most of the material on this website is presented from a Christian perspective. Christian scripture affirms that God is love (1 John 4:8) and that we are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).
If you are not Christian, feel free to click here for resources that offer different perspectives on the correlation between spirituality and neuroscience from scholarly, research, and diverse faith backgrounds.
No matter what our religious or spiritual background, we can learn from one another. If we can accept the best from those who are different from us, they will be more drawn to us.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is not synonymous with religion. Each person’s understanding of spirituality is unique, shaped by life-experience, and practiced outside the domain of formal religious doctrine. Spirituality is the way people experience, express, and/or seek meaning, purpose, and transcendence. It is the way people connect to the moment, self, others, nature, the significant, and/or the sacred. We all yearn for the meaning of life and death. Religion is a set of specific creeds, rituals, and traditions that creates a unified understanding of the nature of God or Ultimate Reality.