God on the Brain by Bradley L. Sickler–Book Review

The topics covered in this short book are both deep and broad.  I’m fascinated with the brain and especially with the brain and religious experience.  God on the Brain covers so much more.  It requires careful reading, but will take you on a journey through cognitive science, neurophysiology, morality, psychology, theology, philosophy, Christian anthropology and more.  The author considers questions such as:

  • Are science and religion always at odds with one another?
  • Are the mind and body separate entities or connected?
  • Are evolutionary explanations for belief in God valid?
  • Is everything we experience just brain states?
  • What is human freedom (as it applies to conscious choice)?

Sickler approaches these and other questions clearly and logically.  He defends the traditional Christian worldview and maintains that the belief that God was only necessary to “fill in the gaps” of primitive knowledge is erroneous and an oversimplification.  However, he is also quick to show areas where theology and science can overlap and intersect without necessarily contradicting one another.

Sickler is thorough and convincing   He doesn’t claim to have all the answers.  He admits that every belief system (both religious and scientific) depends upon accepting certain presuppositions. However, he makes a good case for accepting that Christian beliefs are no less valid than scientific belief.  Reading this book will make you think hard about subjects you may have taken for granted.  I found it difficult, but illuminating.

VERDICT:  4 Stars.  Worthwhile, but challenging to work through.  Not everyone will be willing to stick with it.

If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:

https://www.crossway.org/books/god-on-the-brain-tpb/

The Lutheran Ladies received this as a free e-book in return for a fair and honest review. Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR part 255.

For more on the brain see this post:

This Is Your Brain on Faith

 

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