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The resources on this page are a means for us to dialogue and learn even amid our differences. If we can accept that which is best from those who are different from us, we can grow, encourage, and inspire one another.
Dr. Andrew Newbergis a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and attitudes.
John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of Unholy War, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and many other acclaimed works. Click here for books by John Esposito
Within Islam, the God Most-High, Allah is known to have 99 names. The 99 names of God shed light into God’s many attributes. Prayer and reflection on the 99 names of God, give Muslims the opportunity to be representatives of these attributes in the world. The 99 names of God include loving, peaceful, compassionate, generous, and patient.
Muslim theologian Bediuzzaman Said Nursi wrote that The Most Beautiful Names of God, help show that: “the true meaning of your life is this: it’s acting as a mirror to the manifestation of Divine oneness and the manifestation of the Eternally Besought One” (Nursi, The Words, 141). Mirroring the divine attributes of love, kindness, and peace have profound neurological effects. For more on Nursi:
Dr. Caroline Leafis the bestselling author of Switch on Your Brain, Think Learn Succeed, Think and Eat Yourself Smart, and many more. She teaches at academic, medical and neuroscience conferences, churches, and to various audiences around the world.
Psychiatrist Curt Thompson offers practical applications for developing our Christian faith through the lens of neuroscience. Advocating that while Jesus was a carpenter, he often used the language of farming to draw people into the Way of Love. We can use the language of neuroscience to cultivate the Good News within us and to offer it with others.
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who also writes from a Christian perspective. A leader on the intersection of Christianity and neuroscience.
Science and Christianity
The organization BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith. Despite our differences about faith and science, this organization invites dialogue.
Prabuddha Bharata or Awakened India is an English-language monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order, which has been in publication since July 1896. It has articles and translations by monks, scholars, and practitioners on various subjects including Vedic spiritual wisdom, psychology, history, humanities and social sciences. It also has a section for book reviews where important publications from around the world are reviewed. The journal has dozens of articles on the brain and neuroscience, though a membership is necessary to gain access to them.
Taoism (also known as Daoism)
Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD and her husband C. Alexander Simpkins combine Eastern and Western principles in their book The Dao of Neuroscience.
Traditions in Brief – Short video introductions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism from the Harvard Divinity School Religious Literacy Project.