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Implications of
Brain Research
for the Church

What it Means for Theology and Ministry

Allen Nauss

The exploding neuroscience research within the last two decades has significant implications for clergy, seminary professors, university religion faculty and pastors-in-training. The research detailed in this book poses questions and suggests answers for such theological topics as conscience, innate knowledge of God, human nature, the place of emotion in theology, the development of Christian virtues as habits of faith, self control,and the transfer of faith into action. Knowledge of certain of the brain’s functions can help theologians and preachers learn how to translate theology into the language and experience of the people. If preachers want to establish Biblical messages in long-term memory, they also need to be aware of the brain’s limitations and focus on a single, appealing theme. The pastoral ministry can benefit from using the brain’s neural circuitry to balance the use of the right and left hemispheres and to develop skills of empathy that can help clergy read the mind and heart. These wide-ranging implications also suggest important questions for theological educators to explore in their ministry.

Allen Nauss has a Ph.D. in education from University of Missouri, and an M.Ed. in educational psychology from University of Oregon. He is an ordained pastor with an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He has had teaching and administrative service at seminary, college, and high school levels (Concordia Theological Seminary, Concordia University Irvine, and St. Paul's College) together with pastoral experience. He is married with four children, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, He is retired, and lives in Orange, California

This book is meant to inform the clergy, those who are preparing for church leadership positions, and seminary professors, so that they may be more effective in their vocation. The author examines the relation of all parts of the brain to religious experience and religious behavior. Religion, to the author, involves the whole brain and transforms the whole person. This book should be very helpful for church leaders.
Carol Rausch Albright, Visiting Professor of Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Recent scientific advances in our understanding of the organization and development of our brain and cognition help to explain many things about religious belief and life that clergy can positively incorporate into their ministry. This book provides church leaders with a credible non-technical functional introduction to relevant recent developments. Further, it suggests many practical ways in which these developments can be incorporated into sermons, Bible class discussions, etc
Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Oregon

Dr. Nauss offers a primer on brain research and its implications for the ministry. The carefully documented survey of brain research provides a helpful overview for the parish pastor and the contextualization of this research for the ministry raises questions that pastors will want to discuss and explore."
The Rev. Dr. David R. Schmitt, Gregg H. Benidt Chair in Homiletics and Literature, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Missouri

Implications of <br>Brain Research <br>for the ChurchImplications of <br>Brain Research <br>for the Church

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ISBN: 978-1-932688-80-1
242 Pages
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Lutheran University Press
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