A New Biology of Religion: Spiritual Practice and the Life of the Body

A New Biology of Religion: Spiritual Practice and the Life of the Body

by Michael Steinberg


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This study provides a fresh look at the debate between science and religion that documents how the experiences produced by spiritual practice are surprisingly consistent with the findings of modern biology, despite the difficulty in reconciling scientific theories and religious dogma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692204238
Publisher: Blue Distance Press
Publication date: 04/26/2014
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Steinberg is the author of The Fiction of a Thinkable World: Body, Meaning, and the Culture of Capitalism.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 Should We Abolish Religion? 1

2 Those Who Come to Mock 23

3 Getting Past Post-Christianity 45

4 Every Body Is a Mind of Its Own 69

5 I Don't Make the News, I Just Report It 89

6 Self-Awareness Is a Very Dangerous Gift 115

7 This Text Will Self-Destruct 135

8 The Body Speaks, the Mind Listens 157

9 Both Perfect and Broken 181

Index 207

What People are Saying About This

Judith Blackstone

"This beautifully articulate book brings much needed insight and sanity to the current debate between followers of science and religion. Steinberg's warm, intelligent voice leads us gently but persuasively to the recognition of an embodied spirituality that vanquishes the illusion of self/object duality and provides the basis for a genuinely ethical life. This is an enjoyable, informative, and illuminating read."

Michael Vater

"Steinberg offers a refutation of the claims of the 'new atheists' that the Darwinian paradigm of evolutionary biology precludes the truth of any religion by showing that biology, rightly understood, suggests that humans are not computing devices inserted into robotic machines, but living wholes where life animates the minutest parts, and where community and inclusion are the rule, not exclusion and control. Conversant with the whole range of world religions and up to the minute in its grasp of biology, Steinberg argues that the life of a religion and the liveliness of its practices are the proper measures of its truth."

Michael Francis Gibson

"This profound and truly groundbreaking book outlines a new approach to issues of faith and disbelief. It marks a highly promising departure from the familiar debate in which believers and atheists take a stand behind dogmatic barricades. Instead of focusing upon the monotheistic religions alone and upholding or denying the possibility of a revealed truth Michael Steinberg turns to various non-western traditions and suggests how and why body and mind appear to respond to their ritual practices and find fulfilment in them."

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