A God That Could be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionA paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agstic, spiritual-but-t-religious, and scientifically minded readers 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, Could anything actually exist in this strange new universe that is worthy of the name God? 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 science but that this doesn t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us. Moving away from traditional arguments for God, Abrams finds something worthy of the name God 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 ecomy emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals choices, God, she argues, is an emergent phemen that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual. This God did t create the universe it created the meaning of the universe. It s t universal it s planetary. It can t 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.
- Author BiographyNancy Ellen Abrams is coauthor with Joel R. Primack, of The View from the Center of the Universe and The New Universe and the Human Future.
- Author(s)Nancy Abrams
- PublisherBeacon Press
- Date of Publication23/11/2015
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationBoston, MA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBeacon Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width157 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Foreword bySenior Research Fellow Paul Davies,Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
- Contained items statementContains 3 Hardbacks
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