Barbara Bradley Hagerty - Official Website

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Welcome to my website. I’m delighted you’ve found your way here, and I hope you will spend a little time browsing through the site.

I am NPR’s religion correspondent, and I’ve just published my first book, Fingerprints of God: In Search of the Science of Spirituality. This book has been percolating in my subconscious for years, and finally burst to the surface demanding to be written. I was driven by the questions– questions that had puzzled me for years– and I hope they will pique your interest as well.

Questions like: Why are some people more spiritual than others? Is there a God gene? Is there a God spot in the brain, a place where God communicates with us? Are we hard-wired to connect with God? Can we train ourselves to access another, spiritual realm? Is there life after death? And for that matter, is there any evidence for God at all?

If you’ve had any of these questions, I hope you’ll join me for the ride. I’ll be your proxy as we tackle the questions in the only way I know how to do – by reporting the story as any self-respecting journalist would. I will take you to a peyote ceremony in Arizona, travel with you to Canada to don the God helmet, and then we’ll be off to the University of Wisconsin to scan my brain as I meditate. Meditation, by the way, made me surly; I hope you have happier results.

I may not be able to give you absolute answers, but I hope that you will feel provoked, energized, and richer at the end of the journey. In the meantime, feel free to learn a little more about the book, about me, about my NPR series and other writings on the science of spirituality.

Off we go – into humanity's deepest questions. Thank you for joining me.