Tue July 21, 2009
From Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR's religion correspondent: "The Search for the Science of Spirituality."
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – We live, of course, in an age of truly incredible, increasingly rapid scientific advancement. So, can science explain the Almighty? And if it cannot do so today --- will it be able to someday? On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR's award-winning religion correspondent. Her fascinating new book is called "Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality." Thoughtful, detailed, fair-minded, far-reaching, and entirely accessible, this account has much in common with Hagerty's longtime faith-related reportage for National Public Radio. It's a book that anyone even remotely curious about the relation between God and science --- or, if you prefer, between our souls and our brains --- won't want to miss. As a reviewer in The Washington Post has noted: "In another writer's hands, much of the material in this book might have become fodder for ridicule. . . . But throughout the book, one is struck by the humility Hagerty brings to her subject --- something lacking in many contemporary debates over the meaning of faith and the existence of God --- and her skepticism about the science offered up as proof of spiritual experience. Hagerty's engaging book poses a provocative challenge to anyone who has ever wondered where faith comes from, and what it can do for --- and to --- us."