Fingerprints of God: What Science Is Learning About the Brain and Spiritual Experience (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 14, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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The New York Times bestseller that explores the startling discoveries that science is making about faith.

Is spiritual experience real? Or is it a delusion? When we pray, what happens? Can science explain God? In Fingerprints of God, National Public Radio religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty attempts to answer these and other vexing questions about the science of spiritual experience. Along the way she tells the story of her own intriguing spiritual evolution, delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith affects our brains and explores what near-death experiences reveal about the afterlife. The result is a rich and insightful examination of what science is learning about how and why we believe.


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Review: Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Hagerty states at the beginning of her book that science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God. I agree with this. She then goes on to try to prove God through science. She misses the ... Read full review

Review: Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

User Review  - Alanna - Goodreads

This was the second time I attempted to read this book and the first time I've completed it. The first time I read it as the scientific survey that it advertised itself as. Through that lens the ... Read full review


William Jamess Outrageous Ideas
Picking Up William Jamess Gauntlet
A Nation of Believers
A Different Sort of Reality
A Different Sort of God
The Cost of Transformation
The First Became Last and the Last Became First
Laughing Back to Health
Jordan Sinclairs Scar
The Cosmic Electrician
Tailormade for God
A God Who Transmits
Spiritual Experience for Bubba
Scanning the Mystical Moment
Looking Under the Hood
Prayer Without Thinking

God and HIV
Violating the Laws of the Universe
The Sudden Alignment
Prelude to a Shift
And My Heart Was Strangely Warmed
A Conversion of Body and Spirit
A Journey Not a State
A Knack for God
The Case of Identical Twins
The God Gene at NIH
More Than Molecules
Diving for DNA
Does God Play Favorites?
Jesus as Chemical Compound
Confession and the Headless Man
Gods Chemical of Choice
Having God on Tap
Heaven Hell and Chemicals in the Brain
The Brain as Spiritual Filter
Cancer in the Age of Psychedelics
What Science Has Established
The Sacred Disease
The God Spot
A Spiritual Marker
The Dalai Lama Meets the Neurologist
Little League Meditators
The Mind and the Brain
Targets out of Range
The White Crow
The View from Above
Hallucinations and the Last Gasp of a Dying Brain
And the Blind Shall See
The Perfect Death
The Brains Operatic Demise
Dying in a Brain Scanner Sort Of
Jumpstarting Your Spiritual Life
God 10
Dean Radins Entangled Minds
The Bonds of Love
Where Science and Spirituality Kiss
The US Postal Service and the Fabric of Reality
A Personal Paradigm Shift
A Second Look at Christian Science
Rethinking My Beliefs
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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About the author (2009)

Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the award-winning religion correspondent for National Public Radio. She’s the recipient of the Templeton Foundation-Cambridge University Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion, and a Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School. Before joining NPR, she was a reporter at The Christian Science Monitor for 11 years. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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