Conversation with David DeSteno | How God Works


Join us for a conversation with pioneering research psychologist David DeSteno, author of How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, an examination of religious practices and rituals are so beneficial to those who follow them — and to anyone, regardless of their faith (or lack thereof). Joining DeSteno is Christian Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Moral Ethics at Wake Forest University.

Scientists are beginning to discover what believers have known for a long time: the rewards that a religious life can provide. In this absorbing work, DeSteno reveals how numerous religious practices from around the world improve emotional and physical well-being. With empathy and rigor, DeSteno chronicles religious rites and traditions from cradle to grave. DeSteno details how belief itself enhances physical and mental health. But you don’t need to be religious to benefit from the trove of wisdom that religion has to offer. Many items in religion’s “toolbox” can help the body and mind whether or not one believes. How God Works offers advice on how to incorporate many of these practices to help all of us live more meaningful, successful, and satisfying lives.

David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of Emotional Success and The Truth About Trust, and coauthor of Out of Character. He frequently writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and The Atlantic. He received his PhD in psychology from Yale University.

Christian B. Miller is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. He currently is the Director of the Honesty Project and in recent years was the Philosophy Director of the Beacon Project, as well as the Director of the Character Project. Miller is the author of over 100 academic papers as well as Moral Psychology, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory, Character and Moral Psychology, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?, and Honesty: The Philosophy and Psychology of a Neglected Virtue. He is a science contributor for Forbes, and his writings also have appeared in numerous publications.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
133 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971