Lessons from Neurology for People of Faith
13th January 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Peter's, Vere Street, London W1G 0DQGet directions
Drawing on his clinical practice, academic research, and pastoral ministry, Revd Prof Alasdair Coles invites us to explore some of the insights he’s gained into spirituality, faith experience and discipleship through working with patients. How is the brain involved in normal religious life? How does it mediate faith practice and experience? Can we train our brains to help us grow as disciples of Christ?
For many of us, the relationship between belief and the brain raises deep questions about both faith and medical practice in today’s world.
Neurology deals with disorders and diseases of the nervous system ranging from epilepsy and Parkinson’s to motor neurone disease and Alzheimer’s. Studying the interrelationship between disease and a person’s faith reveals the complexity of the relationship between our brains and our beliefs.
Alasdair Coles is a professor of neurology at Cambridge University. He has wrestled with these questions as a scientist, a Christian, and as a pastor over many years. His primary research interests are in multiple sclerosis and the spirituality of people with neurological diseases. Beyond his research, Alasdair currently practices as a consultant neurologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and, unusually for a practicing doctor, is also an ordained minister in the Church of England, working as a chaplain to the hospital staff.
Drawing on his clinical practice, academic research, and pastoral ministry, Alasdair invites us to explore some of the insights he’s gained into spirituality, faith experience and discipleship while working with patients with brain diseases. How is the brain involved in normal religious life? How does it mediate faith practice and experience? How does faith impact neurological disease? Can we train our brains to help us grow as disciples of Christ?
Join us as Alasdair guides us through a world we rarely get to enter and navigates questions that can impact faith and life in our own everyday contexts and conversations.