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“Confessions” – Book VIII: Chapters 7 – 12

A clip from the movie “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine.” Bishop Ambrose is depicted here embracing Augustine and later baptizing him.

 

This week, we will finish the rest of Book VIII – chapters 7 – 12 of Augustine’s Confessions.

In these final chapters, we encounter the monumental moment when Augustine finally devotes himself to the Christian faith as he recounts in great detail in these writings.

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Neuroscience of Memory and Salvation (Soteriology)

Scientists watch glowing molecules morph into memories in real time

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.

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Update: New Menu and sub-menu topic added – Cognitive Neuroscience and Theology

Just created several new pages pertaining to current studies within Cognitive Neuroscience and Theology under the new menu category Science and Theology on top.

Some topics of interest include:

  • free will; how human emotions affect our decisions
  • biblical understanding of the afterlife
  • is there an intermediate state after death?
  • do our identities survive after death?  If so, then how?
  • what the Apostle Paul believed about the afterlife
  • eschatological ontology
  • role of genetics and environmental influences upon the brain in relation with human free will
  • consciousness and the soul; do we even have a soul?
  • the selective and fluid nature of memory; false memories
  • Why are there so many factual discrepancies in the gospel narratives and accounts in the New Testament?

Check out the new page here.