Chapter 29. Seat of the Divine: A Biological ‘Proof of God's Existence’?

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian1,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry2,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry3,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry4 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry5
  1. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch29

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Van Praag, H. M. (2010) Seat of the Divine: A Biological ‘Proof of God's Existence’?, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 3

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 4

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 5

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203

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Keywords:

  • seat of the divine - biological ‘proof of god's existence’;
  • God en Psyche. De redelijkheid van het geloven (God and Psyche. The reasonableness of faith);
  • neurotheology and research into cerebral substrate of spirituality;
  • connection between religiousness and functioning of the brain;
  • concept of soul - metaphor for all psychological faculties of an individual;
  • spirituality ‘higher’ - discontentment with the here and now and having one's feet firmly on the ground;
  • religion - giving the spiritual needs of humankind a strong focus;
  • heredity and gene research;
  • biochemical research into brain systems related to religious/spiritual susceptibility;
  • temporal epilepsy and religious experiences

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Object of Research

  • Definitions

  • The Data

  • Does Atheism Triumph?

  • Apparent Victory

  • Does Theism Triumph?

  • Summary

  • References