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  • Series: Ashgate Science and Religion Series
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754669947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754669944
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew B. Newberg, Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, USA.

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Andrew B. Newberg, M.D. is currently the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1993. He did his training in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Following his internal medicine training, he completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine.
He has actively pursued a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences as well as the more general mind/body relationship in both the clinical and research aspects of his career. His research also includes understanding the physiological correlates of acupuncture therapy, meditation, and other types of alternative therapies. He has taught medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as medical residents about stress management, spirituality and health, and the neurophysiology of religious experience. He has published numerous articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. He is the co-author of the new book entitled, "Words Can Change Your Brain" (Hudson Street Press). He is the co-author of the best selling books entitled, "How God Changes Your Brain" (Ballantine) and, "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief" (Ballantine). He is also a co-author of "Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs" (Free Press). He is also the author of "Principles of Neurotheology" (Ashgate) and "The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief" (Fortress Press) that both explore the relationship between neuroscience and spiritual experience. The latter book received the 2000 award for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has been involved in the teaching of the physiological basis of various alternative medicine techniques including the importance of spirituality in medical practice. He also teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. He has presented his work at scientific and religious meetings throughout the world and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, ABC World News Tonight as well as in a number of media articles including Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Readers Digest.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Armando Brons on September 1, 2011
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This valuable book is a primer, an extended essay, on what neurotheology should be and what principles might guide it. It is also the culmination of all the research and scholarship performed by Dr. Newberg in this field to date.
Ten years ago, when Dr. Newberg together with his mentor Dr. Eugene D'Aquili and Vincent Rause published "Why God Won't Go Away" (NY, Ballantine Books), a new era began for a more comprehensive and modern study of Spirituality, a subject that had been until then for all practical purposes, the monopoly of theologians.
On of the greatest qualities of this book is that it welcomes everybody: Religious and non-religious people, believers, non believers, agnostics and atheists! It is an invitation to work towards Oneness, whether it refers to the oneness that can be found in this Universe or in some other transcendent one or in none at all...
it is a broad ecumenical effort by Dr. Newberg inviting everyone to work towards a general peace that would come from forgiveness, compassion and love.

The too simplified Table of Contents of the book does not makes justice to all the riches that it contains. In order to organize my own study of this pioneering book, I expanded for my own use the original Table of Contents as per the texts, which I present here, to give a more comprehensive idea to interested readers, students and scholars of all that they can expect to find in it.
The book could benefit from some editing, so that the extraordinary cumulus of ideas it presents would be better organized. But that will certainly come in the foreseeable future.

I can only highly recommend this book to all people of good will who are struggling to find a true meaning in
their lives and deeds.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jared M Terrore on January 7, 2011
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This book was eye opening, this is the first time I heard someone approach mysticism and religious experience from a scientific eager to learn what could be learned without some a priori agenda. This is an outline of a new area of research, with set principles outlining how research and study should be conducted. This could be one of the most exciting topics of the 21st century!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jon Herzinger on February 25, 2011
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Dr. Newberg presents a well-researched and carefully considered framework for considering questions of the interrelationships between the brain and religion, or neurology and theology. I wouldn't say it's the book is without a priori assumptions. I would say it's without a priori theological assumptions. That absolutely all human experience involves the brain, however, seems to be an assumption for entering the conversation. A single highly functioning anencephalic individual (and there are at least two) would seem to require reconsidering many questions, or resolving not to be inconvenienced by fact. Still, a wonderful introduction to a new field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert wilson on January 17, 2014
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I have read much of Newburg's writings on Neurotheology. I have found him cognitive stimulating, informative and his research necessary for those interested in integrating the magisterial s of religion and the sciences.
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