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Spirituality in the Flesh: Bodily Sources of Religious Experiences

Robert C. Fuller


This book examines the biological underpinnings of religion. We can only experience, the book argues, what our bodies allow us to experience. As a consequence, religious thought and feeling are heavily influenced by our sensory organs, emotional programs, sexual sensibilities, and the neural structure of our brains. Studying “spirituality in the flesh” opens up new and exciting agendas for understanding the nature and value of human religiosity. This exploration of embodied spirituality establishes middle ground between the explanations of religion typically made by either scientists or humani ... More

Keywords: altered states of consciousness, biology, body, cognitive science, constructivism, embodied experience, emotion, evolutionary theory, pain, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Fuller, author
Bradlay University
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