Define spirituality

Ok, this is why we need an outward tending spirituality.

Just down the road (Interstate 70) from me, scientists at the University of Missouri have done some studies on spirituality and the brain. They say that they have found a neuropsychological root of spirituality. It is not in just one place in the brain, but in several.

It looks like they were defining spirituality as a certain kind of experience. I guess you could work up a way to chemically or electronically stimulate those parts of the brain to induce spiritual experiences. But those experiences would be internal to your own brain. They would tell you nothing about ultimate reality.

I don’t deny that experience and alternative modes of consciousness have played a role in spiritual and religious realms. But I hope we can have an expansive view of spirituality as dealing the reality that is out there rather than the reality that is just in here–in my brain or soul.

When I talk about spirituality, I am talking about something you reach for with all your mental capacity, your full brain. I am talking about a quest for God in what is out there. I am talking about a quest for God in creation, history, and other people.


About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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