Category Archives: Cognitive Science and Christianity

The God Debate

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On May 20 I participated in a four person debate about the existence of God at Western Washington University. On the ‘yes’ side were Mike Raschko and Mark Markuly from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. On … Continue reading

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Psychological Harms of Bible-Believing Christianity

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By Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico “I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp) and different churches in different cities, I am a psychological, emotional … Continue reading

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Questionable Naturopathy Was a Natural Fit for Mars Hill Mega-Church

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Until his license was suspended, naturopath John Catanzaro was a role model at Mars Hill Church in Ballard, Washington—a respected contributor to the church’s Resurgence blog, where he urged readers to “know Jesus Christ as a personal Savior, Guide and … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on YouTube: Why The God Hypothesis is Obsolete

Christianity Through the Lens of Cognitive Science, Part 8.  (Last in Series) Brain science is remarkably close to offering a full naturalistic explanation of individual religious experiences, everything from certain belief to moral indignation to mystical rapture to spiritual transformation. … Continue reading

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Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems

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At age sixteen I began what would be a four year struggle with bulimia.  When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my Bible study leader and … Continue reading

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From AwayPoint on Youtube: How Beliefs Change

With all of the ways that beliefs resist change, one might think that awakening to complicated realities is hopeless. But there is another half of the equation. As much as we tend to be wary of threats against our world … Continue reading

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science: Part 8 of 8

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“I had no need of that hypothesis.” Over the course of the summer I wrote a series of articles about brain science and Christianity, and I promised a final installment that never came.  This is it. The series asked and–within … Continue reading

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