The Synaptic Gospel: Published!

The Synaptic Gospel habituating in my basement work area.

I am pleased to report that The Synaptic Gospel is published and I have now seen the finished product.  Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book.

The book is an attempt to force a conversation between phenomenology and affect neuroscience to re-think religious communities’ practical paradigms for worship and religious education.  Thinkers engaged along the way include Husserl, Stein, Panksepp, Csikszentmihalyi, and others.

I have a few more pre-order copies to unload, so if you would like a copy before they go on sale to the general public on March 15, kindly Paypal $29 to cdrodkey [at] yahoo [dot] com and I’ll get it in the mail to you soon!

Here are some of the endorsements:

“Combining theological depth, scientific insight, practical application, and pastoral sensibilities, Rodkey raises the most important liturgical questions that every congregation seeking to minister to children and youth should be asking. At the same time, he invites churches to offer a transformative alternative to our generationally segregated culture.”

Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, Senior Pastor, Brentwood Christian Church, Springfield, MO, co-author of Toward a Hopeful Future and editor of The Hyphenateds

“The Synaptic Gospel provides an original and compelling account of how religious experience interacts with our brains. Yet this is not primarily a book about neuroscience. Rather, in this novel study, Rodkey uses neuroscience to propose a thoroughly theoretical, holistic, and incarnational understanding of how worship, liturgy, and ritual enflesh the Gospel within our bodies. Anyone who works with youth, leads worship, or wonders what is at stake when we remove children and youth from worship should read this book.”
Rev. John W. Vest, Associate Pastor for Youth, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

“In The Synaptic Gospel, Christopher Rodkey offers a gift of pan-disciplinary conversation to inform pan-generational worship and learning in the church. Rodkey helps us remember not only why pan-generational worship matters, but also how worship is enriched when we learn anew what perhaps we used to know, but through long practice, have forgotten.”
Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, United Methodist General Board of Discipleship

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2 Responses to “The Synaptic Gospel: Published!”

  1. Chris Rodkey Says:

    One strange thing that happened along the way is that it moved from one imprint to another with Rowman & Littlefield without my knowledge, until I saw the final product. I thought it was going to be published under Hamilton Books but now it appears to be published by University Press of America. Not sure why that happened–perhaps because my editor kept changing?–but it doesn’t matter. Could be a marketing thing, too.


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