Mirror neurons provide a case study for grappling with the role that neuroscience can play in the integrative work of Christian educators. Drawing upon previous efforts to integrate Christian education and selected sciences, the article offers some advice when engaging with this new field. Also, using the image of a movie with various roles, the article offers theological reflections for addressing possible integration between neuroscience and the biblical text. The article also suggests practical applications for the classroom
Key Words: mirror neurons, theology and Christian educators
A disciplined mind provides the foundation for many approaches to spiritual formation. Whether Catholic, broadly Protestant, evangelical, or of another religious heritage, many writers address the role of thought life in spiritual disciplines. This essay provides an evangelical assessment of one Desert Father, Evagrius de Pontus, who wrote often about the mind and sets his insights alongside those in Deuteronomy.While the essay may introduce the reader to one more ancient writer, the essay can also assist students of spiritual formation in the vital task of reading sources with theological discernment.