We are going to publish in three parts the five key ideas that we can take from the latest book by David DeSteno, professor of psychology at Northeastern University and author of Emotional Success and The Truth About Trust, and co-author of Out of Character: How God Works: Science behind the benefits of religion. These lessons will talk about social, scientific, psychological and also economic and financial aspects. We believe that it is of sufficient interest that we give you enough space on these pages. Let us begin:
1. Put your -isms aside.
One of the things I’ve found writing about the intersection of science and religion is that isms (Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Atheism) often get in the way of people working together. They end up putting us in teams when, in fact, scientists and religious thinkers have the same goal: to improve people’s lives. Let’s put theology aside, and most of our acrimony will accompany it, allowing us to discover why people who engage in spiritual practices tend to live longer, healthier, happier lives.