Many people find stability and hope in faith in God but can neuroscience now explain religion away as merely a brain-state?
In search for meaning, purpose and fulfilment billions of Christians trust in a personal God to provide that loving foundation for their lives. But as more research and discoveries about how the brain functions have been made can we confidently assert that religious experience is entirely a natural phenomen?
Has neuroscience filled a gap and squeezed out God?
Are we just our brains?
In this informal and thought-provoking Open To Question event Dr. Sharon Dirckx will address the challenge that faith in God is delusional. Her talk will draw on her research and experience and a neuroscientist and a committed Christian.
M2B’s Open To Question events are especially geared to friends who are sceptical about the claims of Christianity and have honest questions about Jesus Christ – his identity purpose and relevance for us today.
You can watch the interview, talk and Q & A here:
Part 1: The Interview
Part 2: The Talk
Part 3: The Q & A
Dr. Sharon Dirckx is Senior Tutor at the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Sharon has a scientific background, with a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK and the Medical College of Wisconsin, US.
Sharon’s first book ‘Why?: Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering’ (IVP, 2013) interweaves the stories of people who have suffered, with a practical look at some “why?” questions on suffering. Her latest book ‘Am I Just My Brain?’ (The Good Book Company, 2019) examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology.
You can follow Sharon on Twitter @SharonDirckx
OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics is a centre of excellence that seeks to equip emerging Christian leaders into effective evangelism marked by academic excellence and integrity of character.
Find out more on: Facebook @theocca Twitter@TheOCCA Instagram @occaoxford
Film Edited by: Ben Horrigan studio91media.co.uk