The New Sciences of Religion Paperback

Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up

by William Grassie;

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The New Sciences of Religion

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The New Sciences of Religion is 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 Religion then 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.

The New Sciences of Religion by William Grassie was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2011. The ISBN for The New Sciences of Religion is 9780230108776.

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Details for The New Sciences of Religion

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (January 2011)
Number of Pages284
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code3700225
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