John A. Teske

John A. Teske, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA.  He teaches personality and social psychology, as well as interdisciplinary courses such as “Narrative and Identity,” “Brain, Mind, and Spirit,” “Psychology through Shakespeare,” “Psyche and Film,” and “Neuromythology.”  He has published empirical research on nonverbal behavior, environmental psychology, cognitive development, and close relationships.  His focus in the last decade has been in the science-religion dialogue, particularly on the neuropsychology of spirit, and he has published regularly in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, most recently on “Neuromythology: Brains and Stories” in March 2006, and in Studies in Science and Theology, most recently on “Bindings of the Will: The Neuropsychology of Subdoxastic Faith” in the 2007-2008 volume.  He contributed entries on “Evolutionary Psychology,” “Neural Darwinism,” and “Spirit,” to the Encyclopedia of Religion and Science.  He is a second-generation contributor to the science/religion dialogue and believes that this is likely to be a multi-generational project with no less of an impact than the Reformation.  He has been President of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) since 2005, and is co-organizing their 2009 Conference on “The Mythic Reality of Autonomous Individuality.”

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