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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Contents

Cloning and Questions of Identity
8
The Emergence of Persons
11
Religion and Neurology
34
Neurobiological Embodiment of Spirituality and Soul
58
Experiences of Identity and Spiritual Suffering among Persons with Alzheimers Dementia
77
Genetic and Social Influences on Religion and Values
102
Spiritual Awareness Personality and Illness
123
Understanding Christic Visions
146
Persons in Philosophical and Biblical Perspective
165
What Does It Mean to Be Human? Another Chapter in the Ongoing Interaction of Science and Scripture
179
What Is a Person?
199
Toward a Nonreductive Understanding of Human Personhood
223
Toward a Composite Portrait of Human Nature
233
CONTRIBUTORS
250
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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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