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The metaphysical mind in its physical environment: Religious implications of neuroscience

C.W. du Toit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 3 | a592 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i3.592 | © 2002 C.W. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2002 | Published: 22 October 2002

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C.W. du Toit, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article introduces ideas originating from different sciences of mind and the challenge they present to religion. In spite of overcoming the mind-body dualism, it seems that the mind-brain dualism still prevails. The mind-brain relation is discussed in the light of some models. Special attention is given to supervenient theories of mind. In light of this information the article investigates how the impact of these theories on religious experience. D’Aquili and Newberg’s explanation of extraordinary religious experience is discussed. It is concluded that the phenomenon of religion and religious experience are more than mere brain functions. The place of religion and the continued importance of religion and religious experience are confirmed.  


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