Timothy Jennings… Dr. Timothy Jennings, I mean, and not phd, but MD. Shoot, I almost said a real doctor…
The reason I am introducing this book like this is because people will assume it is written by someone who is going to position that the brain is better if one believes in God. That’s not really the premise. Rather, the book goes for this:
Brain research has found that our thoughts and beliefs affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. Mind and body are interrelated, and we are designed for healthy relationships of love and trust. When we understand God as good and loving, we flourish. Unfortunately, many of us have distorted images of God and mostly think of him in fearful, punitive ways. This leads us into unhealthy patterns of self-defeating behaviors and toxic relationships.
But, there is more… Jennings writes with a view towards God’s laws in science and nature (11). Yes, the doctor is a theist, but if we discount where we receive information based on their position on this single question, we will lose a great deal of human progress. So, let’s give it a chance. Let’s see what facts Jennings presents.
You and I both know already they amount of damage fundamentalism does to the brain… he starts here, with a story or two of the evidence of this.
Fine, he’s right thus far.
Let’s continue, shall we?