A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the by Nancy Ellen Abrams

By Nancy Ellen Abrams

A paradigm-shifting mix of technological know-how, faith, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers

Many everyone is bored to death with the best way conventional faith alienates them: too simply it will possibly perpetuate clash, vilify technological know-how, and undermine cause. Nancy Abrams, a thinker of technology, legal professional, and lifetime atheist, is between them. And but, while she grew to become to the restoration group to stand a private fight, she came across that imagining a better energy gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this used to be rather amazing.
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, used to be supporting create a brand new idea of the universe in accordance with darkish topic and darkish power, and Abrams was once participating with him on books that placed the recent medical photograph right into a social and political context. She puzzled, “Could something truly exist during this unusual new universe that's invaluable of the identify ‘God?’”
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a noticeably new mind set approximately God. She dismantles a number of universal assumptions approximately God and indicates why an omniscient, all-powerful God that created the universe and plans what occurs is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t hinder a God that may convenience and empower us.
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams unearths anything helpful of the identify “God” within the new technology of emergence: simply as a posh ant hill emerges from the collective habit of separately clueless ants, and simply because the worldwide economic system emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the striking complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in discussion with each person. This God didn't create the universe—it created the which means of the universe. It’s no longer universal—it’s planetary. It can’t swap the area, however it is helping us swap the area. A God that may be genuine, Abrams indicates us, is what humanity must encourage us to jointly cooperate to guard our warming planet and create a long term civilization.

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