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Synaptic Gospel

Teaching the Brain to Worship

Synaptic Gospel

Teaching the Brain to Worship

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Paperback / softback

£29.00

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761857860
Number of Pages: 104
Published: 06/01/2012
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 0.9 cm
In this book, Christopher D. Rodkey asks how the brain worships and responds by engaging ideas from neurological science, philosophy, ritual theory, and religious education. From this exploration, two new paradigms for pastoral ministry emerge. First, Rodkey proposes a "pan-generational" principle, advocating an empathy-based approach for fostering faith communities, a principle that is radically inclusive to all generations. Second, Rodkey argues that worship and religious education should converge to include a shared goal of teaching individuals to "live liturgically." In The Synaptic Gospel, Rodkey argues that living and thinking liturgically are learned behaviors that may be promoted through pan-generational worship. The book concludes with a special emphasis on practical suggestions for youth ministry. The Synaptic Gospel will prove to be a useful theoretical tool for pastors, religious educators, youth ministers, church music professionals, and seminary students.

Christopher D. Rodkey

Christopher D. Rodkey, D.Min., Ph.D., is pastor of Zion "Goshert's" United Church of Christ in Lebanon, PA, and teaches at Lebanon Valley College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.

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