Arrives in 3-7 Business Days
Afascinating tour of religious and mystical experiences and their relation to human physiologyHymn singing in the suburbs and ecstatic drumming in the African night, speaking in tongues and UFOs, chariots of fire, and pierced Messiahswhat do these things tell us about faith and what it means to be human? Human religious experiences are remarkably uniform; many can be pharmacologically induced. Recent research into the neurology of religious experience has shown that, when worshipping or praying, a certain part of the brain, apparently dormant during other activities, becomes active. This fascinating book takes a survey of the evidencefrom shamans to medieval mystics, to out-of-body experiences and epilepsy, via Jerusalem and middle-class Christianityand assesses its significance.