"Science and the Search For Meaning: 5 Questions - Part 3 - Does the Soul Still Matter?"
PROGRAM RUNDOWN: HOUR 1: "Science and the Search for Meaning: 5 Questions (3) Does the Soul Still Matter?"
Keith Ward is a prominent theologian and philosopher at Oxford University and the University of London. His books include "In Defense of the Soul" and "The Big Questions in Science and Religion." Ward talks about the soul with Steve Paulson. Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano tells Steve Paulson that our ideas about spirits and the soul can be entirely explained by new insights from brain science. Graziano's book is "God, Soul, Mind, Brain." Anne Strainchamps asks Columbia College philosopher Stephen Asma what his colleagues make of the soul these days.
We hear a story from Elna Baker, author of "The New York Regional, Mormon Singles Halloween Dance." And, Parker Palmer tells Jim Fleming why the soul still matters in an age of science. Palmer is an author, educator and founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal. His books include "Teaching with Heart and Soul."
Some ordinary people give us their takes on the soul, then Nancey Murphy talks with Steve Paulson. Murphy is a professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. She tells Steve Paulson Christians would be better off without the soul. Also, novelist Marilynne Robinson talks with Anne Strainchamps about the role of the soul in the age of modern science. Robinson's novels include "Gilead" and "Home."
Keith Ward, Theologian and philosopher at Oxford University and the University of London
Michael Graziano, Princeton neuroscientist
Stephen Asma Columbia College philosopher
Elna Baker, Author
Parker Palmer, Author
Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary
Marilynne Robinson, Novelist