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Whatever Happened to the Soul?: Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature

Author: 
Warren Shelburne Brown (Editor) Nancey Murphy (Editor) H. Newton Malony (Editor)
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Description

Winner of Prize for Outstanding Book in Theology and the Natural Sciences

As science crafts increasingly detailed accounts of human nature, what has become of the soul?

This collaborative project strives for greater consonance between contemporary science and Christian faith. Outstanding scholars in biology, genetics, neuroscience, cognitive science, philosophy, theology, biblical studies, and ethics join here to offer contemporary accounts of human nature consistent with Christian teaching. Their central theme is a nondualistic account of the human person that does not consider the "soul" an entity separable from the body; scientific statements about the physical nature of human beings are about exactly the same entity as are theological statements concerning the spiritual nature of human beings.

For all those interested in fundamental questions of human identity posed by the present context, this volume will provide a fascinating and authoritative resource.
ISBN: 
9780800631413
Price: 
$23.00
Release date: 
November 4, 1998
Pages: 
272
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 --Human Nature: Historical, Scientific, and Religious Issues -- Nancy Murphy
The Purpose of This Book
Ancient Philosophy
Early Christian Sources
Early Modern Science
Philosophy of Mind
Recent Science
Developments in Theology and Biblical Studies
Where Do We Stand?

Chapter 2 -- Human Nature: One Evolutionist's View -- Francisco J. Ayala
"In the Image of God"
Humankind's Biological Origins
An Evolutionary Account of Ethics
The Road Traversed

Chapter 3 -- A Genetic View of Human Nature -- V. Elving Anderson
The Importance of a Genetic view
The Formation of a Genetic View
Pathways from Genes to Behaviors
Genes and Cognitive Abilitites
Genes and Personality
Implications of this Genetic View

Chapter 4 -- Brain, Mind, and Behavior -- Malcolm Jeeves
The Decade of the Brain
Gaining Perspective
The Contemporary Scene
The Tightening of the Brain-Mind Behavior Links
What Does It All Imply?
Conclusions

Chapter 5 -- Cognitive Contributions to Soul -- Warren S. Brown
The Concept of Soul
Human Cognition, Personal Relatedness, and an Emergent Soul
Critical Cognitive Capacities for Personal Relatedness
Conclusion

Chapter 6 -- Nonreductive Physicalism: Philosophical Issues -- Nancy Murphy
Issues for Reflection
Physicalism and Reductionism
Empirical WSupport for Nonreductive Physicalism
A Nonreductive-Physicalist Account of Religious Experiences
Conclusion