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Could the church play an active role in promoting mental health?

Could the church play an active role in promoting mental health?

It is supposed to be the most joyful time of the year, preparing the home and hearth for the arrival of the Messiah. The gifts, the music and the parties promise to make the Christmas season bright. Still, for many in our congregations, this time of year can be one of the most difficult, whether read on

Commentary

Exploring the final scientific frontier – the religious mind

It just stands to reason that what we almost know the least about scientifically to some degree is the closest to us — our own minds. It is something neuroscience has been trying to uncover in recent decades and in particular there is still plenty of curiosity as to whether we are hardwired for religion read on

News

University of Utah study finds that spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits

Findings of a new report out of the University of Utah School of Medicine say that religious and spiritual experience activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music. The findings were reported in the journal Social Neuroscience. The study is the first initiative of the Religious read on

Niels Henrik Gregersen to speak at annual Goshen Religion and Science Conference

The theme of the annual Goshen Religion and Science Conference at Goshen College is “Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment” and the speaker will be Niels Henrik Gregersen of the University of Copenhagen. Held March 24-26, 2017, the conference will feature three main lectures. The lecture titles are: “The Cosmic Christ: God in a World read on

One astronomer ponders whether Star of Bethlehem was really a star

Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology at the University of Notre Dame, has studied the Star of Bethlehem for more than a decade and may have discovered that it isn’t a star after all. “Astronomers, historians and theologians have pondered the question of the ‘Christmas Star’ for many years,” said Mathews in a read on

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