The illusion of God"s presence

the biological origins of spiritual longing by John C. Wathey

Written in English
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  • Religion and science,
  • Biology,
  • Experience (Religion),
  • Religious aspects

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An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God"s presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. Biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God"s presence. His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond. Dr. Wathey, a veteran neuroscientist, argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child"s needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-421) and index.

StatementJohn C. Wathey
Classifications
LC ClassificationsBL53 .W324 2016
The Physical Object
Pagination463 pages
Number of Pages463
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27200361M
ISBN 101633880745
ISBN 109781633880740
LC Control Number2015030319
OCLC/WorldCa907703117

A promise of God's presence. Here is a prediction of the coming of Christ in human nature. Many nations in that day would renounce idolatry, and God will own those for his people who join him with purpose of heart. Glorious times are foretold as a prophecy of our Lord's coming and kingdom. Where will you find yourself? In a school? God indwells the classroom. On the highways? His presence lingers among the traffic. In the hospital, the boardroom, the living room, the funeral home? God will be there. Acts says, “He is not far from each one of us.” Each of us. God doesn’t play favorites. All people can enjoy God’s. Presence of God. The Scriptures often speak of God's presence in human history. The most common Hebrew term for "presence" is panim [], which is also translated "face, " implying a close and personal encounter with the Greek word prosopon [] has the same semantic Greek preposition enopion [] also commonly appears; several other Hebrew and Greek words occur only a few times.   The manifest presence of God (His glory) is the spiritual substance of His being and not a person. God’s presence (or glory) comes and goes, though His Spirit does not. When people refer to God’s presence being ‘everywhere’ they’re speaking of God’s awareness of .

  Gods also give strength and healing to heroes more often than I could count. But they also bring death: Apollo rains arrows of plague down on the Greeks when Agamemnon refuses to give the slave girl Chriseis back to her father, a priest. They can also get pretty personal. In Book 3, Aphrodite essentially forces Helen into sleeping with Paris. In Jonah, we see God's presence described as time hearing from the Lord. After Jonah heard God's voice, we read, "So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD" (Jonah ). In the New Testament, the angel Gabriel said he lived in the presence of God: "I am Gabriel.   Let's find a space for a peaceful dialogue with some sort of logic, no bigotry, alright? We all must remember that, whoever believes in the existence of God knows that God will not be removed from his throne by disbelief of all the people on the e. Judges | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. Psalms | View whole chapter | See verse in context.

And whether we participate publicly or silently, we can enjoy His presence. So let us seek Him, first and foremost – more than a place of leadership; more than a place of prominence; more than a particular spiritual gift or ministry. A disciple is a person who has a passion to be in the presence of God. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: Acts | View whole chapter | See verse in context And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

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Fear and trembling are proper responses before the One who controls all creation (Jer ).God's presence provides comfort in times of.