A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the by Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

By Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A paradigm-shifting mixture of technology, faith, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers
 
Many everyone is uninterested with the best way conventional faith alienates them: too simply it may possibly perpetuate clash, vilify technological know-how, and undermine cause. Nancy Abrams, a thinker of technological know-how, attorney, and lifetime atheist, is between them. And but, while she grew to become to the restoration group to stand a private fight, she discovered that imagining a better energy gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this used to be fairly brilliant.
 
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was once assisting create a brand new thought of the universe in keeping with darkish topic and darkish power, and Abrams used to be taking part with him on books that positioned the recent medical photograph right into a social and political context. She questioned, “Could whatever really exist during this unusual new universe that's important of the identify ‘God?’”
 
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a notably new mind set approximately God. She dismantles numerous universal assumptions approximately God and exhibits why an omniscient, all-powerful God that created the universe and plans what occurs is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t prevent a God which may convenience and empower us.
 
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams reveals whatever important of the identify “God” within the new technology of emergence: simply as a fancy ant hill emerges from the collective habit of separately clueless ants, and simply because the worldwide financial system emerges from the interactions of billions of people’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the mind-blowing complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in discussion with each person. This God didn't create the universe—it created the that means of the universe. It’s no longer universal—it’s planetary. It can’t switch the realm, however it is helping us switch the area. A God that may be genuine, Abrams exhibits 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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That seemed to violate the principle of survival of the fittest. I couldn’t see how emotional benefits so absolutely fundamental to human success could require belief in God, because those benefits were probably older than the gods. There had to be another way to access them. I was driven to find out. I desperately needed the ability to accept what I could not change and the courage to change what I could. ” Putting aside the masculine pronoun, at first I took this as an admirable statement that people of all religions or none could work the program.

The mental torment was worse by far than the weight. When my daughter was eight, I found a group of people who were recovering from eating disorders with what they called a spiritual program. They had my problem but they were no longer eating compulsively, and I desperately envied the peace of mind they seemed to have. ” I was resistant. How could an atheist like me find a higher power believable enough to enable me to do what I had never been able to do on my own? The likelihood of this approached zero.

FOREWORD BY PAUL DAVIES Over the past two decades a largely sterile dispute has raged between two diametrically opposing camps: atheists and religious fundamentalists. It is surely time to move on and elevate the discussion to a higher intellectual level. This ambitious and thought-provoking book by Nancy Abrams on the interface of science and religion is a timely and welcome contribution to a more productive discussion of the topic. The problem that many scientists have with religion is well illustrated by a debate in which I took part many years ago in London at the Royal Society, Britain’s scientific academy.

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