Memory-forming molecules traveling around the brain to form new memories.
Came upon this site about the latest research on how memory forms in the brain.
This relates to some articles I wrote about pertaining to cognitive neuroscience and theology. (The summaries on Peterson and Rev. Choong in particular.)
The key point to understand is that when memory forms, or when new memories form in your brain or when you learn something new (like I hope you’re doing now), there’s a physical change that’s occurring in your brain – i.e. your brain changes.
“So long-term memory actually involves an anatomical change in the brain. So, as I like to say, if you remember anything about this conversation tomorrow, it’s because you will have a slightly different head than you had today.“
In relation to theology, when a person converts or becomes a believer, it is a mistake to say that only the person’s “soul” or “spirit” got saved. We almost always never include the body.
Any serious talk about salvation must involve change in the physical body as well.
One can even speculate whether or not common notions of dualism that persists heavily in Christian thought can be sustained in light of recent advances in neuroscience. In other words, common notions of there being a separate immaterial soul that is separate from the material body may nor longer be sustainable in light of recent scientific discoveries.
This is how science can inform and affect theology and the church today.
Therefore, we can conclude that when a person experiences God and his grace, he or she not only experiences a spiritual transformation but ever more so a physical transformation as well as the brain produces new memories and undergoes a physical change (and renewal?) in the brain.
Brings new light to the Scripture verse:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
– Romans 12: 2