Religion and the Brain Series: “Where God and Science Meet”

Religion and the Brain Series: Where God and Science Meet

Where God and Science Meet is a three-volume series edited by Dr. McNamara that uses various approaches to explore religion and religious experience. The following are the contents of the series. For more information or to purchase Where God and Science Meet, visit Praeger Publishing or
Volume One: Evolution, Genes, and the Religious Brain
Series Foreword by J. Harold Ellens vii
Acknowledgments xi
Preface by Patrick McNamara xiii
Chapter 1: The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion Stephen Pinker 1
Chapter 2: Sacred Emotions and Affective Neuroscience: Gratitude, Costly Signaling, and the Brain Robert A. Emmons and Patrick McNamara 11
Chapter 3: Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Traditional moral values Triad- Authoritarianism, Conservatism, and Religiousness-as Assessed by Quantitative Behavior Genetic Methods Laura B. Koenig and Thomas J. Bouchard Jr. 31
Chapter 4: Religious Behaviors, Badges, and Bans: Signaling Theory and the Evolution of Religion Richard Sosis 61
Chapter 5: Nature’s Medicine: Religiosity as an Adaptation for Health and Cooperation Joseph Bulbulia 87
Chapter 6: The Cognitive Psychology of Belief in the Supernatural Jesse M. Bering 123
Chapter 7: The Ritual Healing Theory: Therapeutic Suggestion and the Origin of Religion James McClenon 135
Chapter 8: Religion Is Not an Adaptation Lee A. Kirkpatrick 159
Chapter 9: The Cognitive and Evolutionary Roots of Religion Scott Atran 181
Chapter 10: Amazing Grace: Religion and the Evolution of the Human Mind Ilkka Pyysiäinen 209
Chapter 11: The Significance of the Evolution of Religious Belief and Behavior for Religious Studies and Theology Wesley J. Wildman 226
Index 273
About the Editor and Contributors 285
About the Advisory Board 291
Volume Two: The Neurology of Religious Experience
Series Foreword by J. Harold Ellens vii
Acknowledgments xi
Preface by Patrick McNamara xiii
Chapter 1: The Chemistry of Religiosity: Evidence from Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Patrick McNamara, Raymon Durso, Ariel Brown, and Erica Harris 1
Chapter 2: Religious and Spiritual Practices: A Neurochemical Perspective Andrew B. Newberg 15
Chapter 3: Neuroimaging Studies of Religious Experience: A Critical Review Nina P. Azari 33
Chapter 4: Religion and the Life Course: Is Adolescence an “Experience Expectant” Period for Religious Transmission? Candace S. Alcorta 55
Chapter 5: Neurotheology: A Science of What? Matthew Ratcliffe 81
Chapter 6: Religion as a By-Product of Evolved Psychology: The Case of Attachment and Implications for Brain and Religion Research Pehr Granqvist 105
Chapter 7: Religious Conversion, Spiritual Transformation, and the Neurocognition of Meaning Making Raymond F. Paloutzian, Erica L. Swenson, and Patrick McNamara 151
Chapter 8: Religion and the Brain: Evidence from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Steven C. Schachter 171
Chapter 9: Frontal Lobes and the Evolution of Cooperation and Religion Patrick McNamara 189
Chapter 10: Mind Design and the Capacity for Ritual Performance Carl Seaquist 205
Chapter 11: The Brain, Religion, and Baseball: Comments on the Potential for a Neurology of Religion and Religious Experience Warren S. Brown 229
Index 245
About the Editor and Contributors 255
About the Advisory Board 261
Volume Three: The Psychology of Religious Experience
Series Foreword by J. Harold Ellens vii
Acknowledgments xi
Preface by Patrick McNamara xiii
Chapter 1: The Neuropharmacology of Religious Experience: Hallucinogens and the Experience of the Divine David E. Nichols and Benjamin R. Chemel 1
Chapter 2: The Relationship between Religion and Health Andrew B. Newberg and Bruce Y. Lee 35
Chapter 3: Religion, Meaning, and the Brain Crystal L. Park and Patrick McNamara 67
Chapter 4: The Darker Side of Religion: Risk Factors for Poorer Health and Well-Being Gina Magyar-Russell and Kenneth Pargament 91
Chapter 5: The Common Core Thesis in the Study of Mysticism Ralph W. Hood, Jr. 119
Chapter 6: Cross-Cultural Assessments of Shamanism as a Biogenetic Foundation for Religion Michael Winkelman 139
Chapter 7: Schizophrenia, Neurology, and Religion: What Can Psychosis Teach Us about the Evolutionary Role of Religion? Steven A. Rogers and Raymond F. Paloutzian 161
Chapter 8: Between Yang and Yin and Heaven and Hell: Untangling the Complex Relationship between Religion and Intolerance Ian Hansen an Ara Norenzayan 187
Chapter 9: The Origins of Dreaming Kelly Bulkeley 213
Chapter 10: Chemical Input, Religious Output- Entheogens: A Pharmatheology Sampler Thomas B. Roberts 235
Chapter 11: An Illusion of the Future: Temptations and Possibilities Keith G. Meador 269
Index 283
About the Editor and Contributors 295
About the Advisory Board 301
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