Memory, the Human Brain, and the Life of Faith

Date(s) - 04/02/2016
9:00 am - 12:45 pm

First Presbyterian Church


Memory, the Human Brain, and the Life of Faith
Fifth Betty Jo Hay Seminar on Religion and Mental Health
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
David Hogue, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL

Stalcup icons_EventToday, in the relative infancy of neuroscience, scientists are making unprecedented forays into arenas of crucial interest to religion – claims that address our cherished understandings of personhood, of relationship, and ultimately of God. More than at any other time in history, biological sciences are making claims about the inner workings of the mind and soul, confirming some of our ancient convictions about personhood, and deeply challenging others. And these claims will only increase as the neurosciences anticipate massive investment in the years ahead. This seminar will sketch several of these claims, exploring their implications for the religious practices of individuals and communities, focusing specifically on the role of memory and stories, of our experiences of God and transcendence, and on our understanding of the religious dimensions of human relationships. How might our faith be informed; how might it be affirmed or challenged?

David Hogue teaches and directs the PhD program at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain and several book chapters and journal articles exploring the intersection of ritual, liturgy, pastoral care and the neurosciences. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), David is a member and past chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology where he helped develop the Pastoral Theology and Brain Sciences working group. His interdisciplinary interests are reflected in the range of his professional associations including the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the International Academy of Practical Theology, the International Society for Science and Religion, and the North American Academy of Liturgy. He received the PhD degree from Northwestern University in Religious and Theological Studies and the MDiv degree from Christian Theological Seminary.