- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (4 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594484627
- ISBN-13: 978-1594484629
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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Fingerprints of God: What Science Is Learning About the Brain and Spiritual Experience Paperback – 4 May 2010
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“With honesty, discernment, humor, grace— and an enormous amount of reporting—Barbara Bradley Hagerty takes on one of the fiercest controversies of the last 500 years: Can we measure faith? Fingerprints of God reads like an elegant mystery story as Bradley Hagerty launches a search for evidence of God within us and the universe as a whole. People of faith and science will be grateful for the chance to join her on her quest."—E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Souled Out and syndicated columnist
“Barbara Bradley Hagerty has done something truly remarkable here. She has brought her considerable reporting skills and wonderfully wry writing to the question of who or what is God. By meticulously documenting scientific studies and interspersing them with the experiences of a number of individuals, including herself, she opens doors to those answers. Fingerprints of God is its own scientific and spiritual journey, one well worth taking.”—Cokie Roberts, author of Ladies of Liberty and news analyst
“Fingerprints of God is a courageous and immensely enjoyable book. In Barbara Bradley Hagerty's investigation of the science of spirituality, I found answers for questions I've pondered for years. Many people will find themselves in these pages.”—Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz
“What a book! The pages crackle with fresh insights into the nexus of faith and science. Striking just the right balance between skepticism and open-mindedness, Bradley makes for the perfect guide on this journey of discovery. Read this book. It'll inform and entertain – and just might change the way you view the world.”—Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss
“You can find God in many places, from the condemned on death row to the deepest folds of the human brain. In this groundbreaking book on the emerging science of faith, Barbara Bradley Hagerty discovers the links between science and spiritual experience. Fingerprints of God will provoke you, intrigue you, and inspire you.”—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
About the Author
Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the award-winning religion correspondent for National Public Radio. She’s the recipient of the Templeton Foundation-Cambridge University Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion, and a Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School. Before joining NPR, she was a reporter at The Christian Science Monitor for 11 years. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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In Fingerprints of God, we witness Hagerty's numerous interviews with those who claim to have had mystical, out-of-body, and near death experiences. We also interview the many scientists who have studied "neurotheology" - the biological and neurological underpinnings of religion and religious experience. During all of this, Hagerty lets us hear her own thoughts as she encounters these religious believers and scientists. Hagerty writes very conversationally and honestly about her beliefs, doubts, and misgivings.
But in all honestly, the thing I liked least about the book was that Hagerty was simply not very balanced. She struck me as someone who very much wanted to find evidence for God in science and set out to find it regardless of what the evidence actually is. (To her credit, she admits that she is biased in favor of belief in a deity, but it does take the investigativeness out of the investigation.) At least twenty times in the book, she writes paragraph upon paragraph about a scientist who sees evidence of god in biology/neurology, only to dismiss in a paragraph the skeptical scientist by saying something like: "...but there HAS to be more to it than just biology/neurology."
The book was an interesting read, and Hagerty is a very good writer, capable of expressing very deep thoughts in simple terms. My only objection about her writing is that it is a tad formulaic in organizaiton; each chapter is organized very much the same as the others. (Starts with an non-scientist anecdote, goes to another, forays into a discusison of the science behend the anecdotes, discusses the skeptics viewpoint, dismisses it, concludes.) Still, as formuulaic as her chapters could sometimes be, I kept reading; Hagerty had a way of making it all quite interesting.
Despite its flaws, this is a good book about an interesting and timely subject.