God on the Brain – Bradley L. Sickler (2020)

Bradley L. Sickler, God on the Brain (Wheaton: Crossway, 2020), 199 pp.

I have always been fascinated with the brain. Weighing in at an average of three pounds, the brain is the subject of much study and speculation. Bradley L. Sickler makes his contribution to this growing field of study in God on the Brain.

Sickler’s work is distinct in that he addresses the topic at hand from a distinctly Christian perspective. Specifically, the author is committed to the Christian worldview. As such, his treatment is viewed through the lens of Scripture. Yet, he is also committed to a scientific approach that results in a fascinating array of insights.

God on the Brain addresses cognitive science and sets out on a voyage to learn what it can tell us about faith, human nature, and the divine. As a trained theologian, not a scientist, much of the material was “above my paid grade,” personally. One lesson that comes through, however, is that humans were made to know God and commune with him. Much to the chagrin of the humanist (or the dialectical materialist) who asserts that matter is all that exists in the universe, God on the Brain argues strenuously for a worldview that embraces the grand story of a Creator who made people in his image; creatures who are made to glorify him.

One section of special interest to me concerns the matter of free will. Sickler sets forth the debate between the libertarian and the compabatibalist and teases out the implications of these views.

All in all, a fascinating book that will answer some questions and invite readers to a lifetime of continuing study.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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