Collationes: Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Theologie en Pastoraal vol:41 issue:4 pages:395-407
In this article, we investigated the meaning of neurotheology for theology in general and Christian theology in particular. Neurotheology is a science that tries to find the common biological basis for religious experience in the brain. Through experiments with praying Christian nuns and meditating Buddhist monks, neurotheologians discovered that, during the peak moment of the religious experience, the same area in the brain of all the participants showed diminished activity. Neurotheologians concluded that all religions are based in the same spot in the human brain. However, from a theological perspective, there are several problems with the neurotheological enterprise, the most important being the lack of room for revelation and transcendence. Everything seems to be reduced to and based on neurobiology, without taking into account that all religions are based on an experience of an Other, outside of ourselves.