Issues in Science and Theology: Do Emotions Shape the World?
September 19, 2017
By D. Evers, M. Fuller, A. Runehov & K-W Saether
Published by Springer, 2016
This book examines emotions and emotional wellbeing from a rich variety of theological, philosophical and scientific and therapeutic perspectives.
To experience emotion is part of being human; but what are emotions? How can theology, philosophy and the natural sciences unpack the nature and content of emotions? This volume is based on contributions to the 15th European Conference on Science and Theology held in Assisi, Italy.
It brings together contributions from scholars of various academic backgrounds from around the world, whose individual insights are made all the richer by their juxtaposition with those from experts in other fields, leading to a unique exchange of ideas.
In Chapter 15, Fraser Watts examines Self-Conscious Emotions, Religion and Theology. Fraser Watts says: “In my own contribution to this book I focus on the distinction between basic emotions and secondary or self-conscious emotions that depend on a more elaborated self-concept. I argue that it is the latter that are especially important in religion and are a fruitful springboard for theological reflection.”
Introduction, Michael Fuller
Part One: The Importance of Emotions, and of Emotional Well-Being
1. Attachment, Emotion and Religion, Pehr Granqvist
2. Post Traumatic Stress, Moral Injury, and Soul Repair: Implications for Western Christian Theology, Rita Nakashima Brock
3. Shaping Emotions that Shape the World, Marjorie Hall Davis and Karl E. Peters
4. Smile and lie? Why we are able to distinguish false smiles from genuine ones, Maria Magdalena Weker
5. The Orientation of Longing, Christopher Southgate
6. Cognitive or Affective? A Philosophical Analysis of Modes of Understanding Compassion, Anne L.C. Runehov
Part Two: Reflections on Emotions from the Sciences
7. From vicarious actions to moral behavior, Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola
8. The trouble with words: concepts of religion in the cognitive science of religion and the role of emotions, Indrek Peedu
9. The Emotional Brain Hypothesis: Emotional, Social, and Religious Vetting in the Evolution of Rational Decision Making and Scientific Modeling, Margaret Boone Rappaport and Christopher Corbally
10. A World of Quality: Codes of Conduct, Phenomenology of Feeling and Morality in Scientific Research, Angela Roothaan
Part Three: Reflections on Emotions from Theological Perspectives
11. Towards a Biblical Theology of Emotions, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
12. Is the ear more spiritual than the eye? Theological reflection on the human senses, Ernst M. Conradie
13. A Look at Reason through Love’s Eyes: The Sense of Meaningfulness Within a Bodily Context, Roland Karo
14. The scientific approach to emotions: Its relevance for the cognitive study of religion and for theology, Lluis Oviedo
15. Self-Conscious Emotions, Religion and Theology, Fraser Watts
16. Spiritual knowledge as embodied appraisals: A reading of Jonathan Edwards from an emotion theory point of view, Mikael Sörhuus
17. Imaginative Expression of Faith and Science: The Poetry of R. S. Thomas, W. Richard Bowen
Part Four: Philosophical Reflections
18. Mr. Spock and the Gift of Prophecy: Emotion, Reason, and the unity of the human person, Alfred Kracher
19. Can Reason be Emotional? Zbigniew Liana
20. Ethics, Emotions and Theology: A Humean Investigation, Hans D. Muller.