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New Sciences of Religion Exploring Spirituality from the Outside in and Bottom Up

ISBN-10: 0230108776

ISBN-13: 9780230108776

Edition: 2010

Authors: William Grassie

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The New Sciences of Religionis a critical analysis of new scientific research on religious and spiritual phenomena. William Grassie takes a two-staged phenomenological approach working from the "outside in" and the "bottom up" without privileging at the outset any religious traditions or philosophical assumptions. Using insights from economics, evolutionary psychology, the neurosciences, and medicine, Grassie develops a complex and multifaceted understanding of religion as potentially functional and dysfunctional in specific contexts, differentially so for individuals and groups.The New Sciences of Religionthen asks what in religion and spirituality might also be true and profound when our received traditions are reinterpreted in light of contemporary sciences. In contrast to the New Atheists, Grassie argues for a concept of God-by-whatever-name that is fully compatible with contemporary science and the reinterpretation of traditional religions. In the end, there is no grand unified theory of religion and none of the many scientific explanations of religion preclude that religions have intuited, experienced, and discovered true and profound insights into the nature of ultimate reality and human existence. This is an original and compelling scientific interpretation of religion and also a religious interpretation of science that will challenge and delight students and scholars alike.
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List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Religion From the Outside In
The Challenge of Comparative Religion
The Old Sciences of Religion
The Economics of Religion
The Evolution of Religion
The Neurosciences of Religion
The Medicine of Religion
Religion From the Bottom Up
The Narratives of Religion
The New Religion of Science
God-by-Whatever-Name
Reiterations and Reflections