Cognitive science—or sciences, as ‘cognitive science’ is an umbrella term for all of the so-called sciences of the mind—is all the rage these days. Some think that it has religion, free will, morality, and even consciousness taped. Naturally, there’s a ton of misinformation out there with respect to what can and cannot be explained (or explained away) by cognitive science and the cognitive science of religion (CSR). In the case of religion, some take the neurological bases of religious experience to impugn the rationality of religious belief. Are they right or is this merely hype?
There are a few popular level books worth reading on the subject of God and the brain, but nothing to my mind has been satisfying until now. Kelly Clark, a philosopher and professor at Grand Valley State as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, has written God and the Brain: The Rationality of Belief which came out last summer via Eerdmans. WGVU recently interviewed him about the book in a two-part series here and here. Check it out. I plan on reviewing the book here in the near future.