Why a text on neuroscience and Christian formation? Simply put, we need one that represents the range of possible intersections between discipleship and neuroscience both for today and into the future. In recent years, neuroscience's various fields of study began to influence our understanding of the person, memory, learning, development, communal interaction and practice of education. As the research in neuroscience grows, the points of intersection between our understanding of the brain and our task in shaping spiritual lives seems inevitable. So, Mark Maddix and I wrote chapters, and edited this text, with a group of scholars who may well feel more like "pioneers" exploring new territory then "settlers" residing in the well-worn conceptual neighborhoods of the faith formation of the past. While Mark and I hope to generate new interest and conversations between scientific discovery and ministry, we also think this book will provide practical wisdom for ministers in light of the many different issues emerging from this new field of study.
-- Dr. Dean Blevins