From Cells to Souls, and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature

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Malcolm A. Jeeves
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 252 pages
For more than a decade developments in science have prompted wide-ranging discussions about human nature. Gone are the days when this subject was the preserve of theologians and philosophers; today the fields of genetics and neuroscience are shifting attention to the "biological basis of human nature. This engaging book takes readers straight to the intersection of religion and science, exploring what new scientific knowledge does and does not say about religious views on personhood.

Written by an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, "From Cells to Souls -- and Beyond examines such questions as personal identity, the meaning of "human," the mind-body relationship, and subjective spiritual experience. Each topic is discussed against the backdrop of biblical theology with the relevant science made clear. The result is a fresh interpretation of the Christian doctrine of humankind true to both science and Scripture.

Contributors: Diogenes Allen
Warren S. Brown
Gaius Davies
Lindon Eaves
Joel B. Green
Malcolm Jeeves
D. Gareth Jones
David Parkes
C. Michael Steel
Alan J. Torrance
Glenn Weaver
Michael Welker
Philip H. Wiebe


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Cloning and Questions of Identity
The Emergence of Persons
Religion and Neurology
Neurobiological Embodiment of Spirituality and Soul
Experiences of Identity and Spiritual Suffering among Persons with Alzheimers Dementia
Genetic and Social Influences on Religion and Values
Spiritual Awareness Personality and Illness
Understanding Christic Visions
Persons in Philosophical and Biblical Perspective
What Does It Mean to Be Human? Another Chapter in the Ongoing Interaction of Science and Scripture
What Is a Person?
Toward a Nonreductive Understanding of Human Personhood
Toward a Composite Portrait of Human Nature

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About the author (2004)

Malcolm Jeeves is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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