The questions of morality, human flourishing, and even our own existence have become the study of many scientific experiments in recent years. But science as we know it today is only a few hundred years old — religion has grappled with those questions for millennia. Some of that wisdom has been supplanted or changed, but some still has deep resonance today. How can we understand ritual from a scientific and psychological perspective, and what is the relationship between ritual and theology?
Professor David DeSteno, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He is the author of Emotional Success, The Truth About Trust, Out of Character and the upcoming book How God Works.
Next week, Tuesday, May 18th at 2PM ET, we will be speaking with Kate Stockly. She is a PhD candidate at Boston University exploring feminism, brain science, spiritual experiences, and contemporary religious change through bio-cultural theories of embodied religious ritual, and the author of the upcoming book Spirit Tech.