The Big Picture | Black Earth | Biblical Literalism | The Sacred Depths of Nature | Information and the Nature of Reality | The View from the Center of the Universe | Christianity Without God | Teilhard's Mysticism | The New Universe and the Human Future
Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them: too easily it can perpetuate conflict, vilify science, and undermine reason. Nancy Abrams, a philosopher of science, lawyer, and lifelong atheist, is among them. And yet, when she turned to the recovery community to face a personal struggle, she found that imagining a higher power gave her a new freedom. Intellectually, this was quite surprising.
Meanwhile her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was helping create a new theory of the universe based on dark matter and dark energy, and Abrams was collaborating with him on two books that put the new scientific picture into a social and political context. She wondered, âCould anything actually exist in this strange new universe that is worthy of the name âGod?ââ
In A God That Could Be Real, Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with scienceâbut that this doesnât preclude a God that can comfort and empower us.
Moving away from traditional arguments for God, Abrams finds something worthy of the name âGodâ in the new science of emergence: just as a complex ant hill emerges from the collective behavior of individually clueless ants, and just as the global economy emerges from the interactions of billions of individualsâ choices, God, she argues, is an âemergent phenomenonâ that arises from the staggering complexity of humanityâs collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual. This God did not create the universeâit created the meaning of the universe. Itâs not universalâitâs planetary. It canât change the world, but it helps us change the world. A God that could be real, Abrams shows us, is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization.
About: A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers Â Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them: too easily it can perpetuate conflict, vilify science, and undermine reason.
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