The Faith & Values article Jan. 27 entitled, "Center studies spirituality with brain imaging" by Joann Loviglio, is very challenging.
The first paragraph reads, "Religion and science can combine to create some thorny questions: Does God exist outside the human mind, or is God a creation of our brains? Why do we have faith in things that we cannot prove, whether it's the afterlife or UFOs?"
The article describes some research that Dr. Andrew Newberg and others are doing having to do with mind, spirituality, glossolalia, meditation and prayer.
Unfortunately the article does not deal specifically with the two questions posed in the article's first paragraph.
However, because the balance of the article deals only with various aspects of the brain, by default, we can assume that as far as these scientists are concerned, what we have in our brains is all there is.