In her conclusions, however, I feel that Hagerty both jumped to some interesting ones, and missed the boat on others. If one is familiar with Fowler’s stages of faith, it is almost as if Hagerty transitioned into stage 4, individuated faith, in her desire to know and understand, and then shifted back to stage 3, synthetic conventional, when re-assessing her beliefs when all was said and done. It felt like an “almost there,” like she was on the brink and then slid back into comfort. I don’t think this detracted from the narrative at all, she was simply describing where she landed. It did lead me wondering if she felt like she found herself back at the beginning.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are at all interested in what neuroscience has to say about the brain and religious/spiritual experience. It was written in 2009, and I know that we have learned even more since -- but Hagerty's questions are perhaps timeless. I too wonder how far we are from that nexus of understanding of ourselves and "God" and what the seen and unseen can tell us. 4 stars. -Mara Evans