By Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu
A paradigm-shifting combination 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 probably perpetuate clash, vilify technological know-how, and undermine cause. Nancy Abrams, a thinker of technological know-how, legal professional, and lifetime atheist, is between them. And but, whilst she became to the restoration neighborhood to stand a private fight, she discovered that imagining the next strength gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this was once particularly impressive.
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, used to be supporting create a brand new thought of the universe according to darkish subject and darkish strength, and Abrams used to be taking part with him on books that placed the hot medical photo right into a social and political context. She questioned, “Could whatever truly exist during this unusual new universe that's important of the identify ‘God?’”
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a appreciably new mind set approximately God. She dismantles a number of 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 avert a God which could convenience and empower us.
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams reveals whatever useful 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 economic climate emerges from the interactions of billions of people’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the surprising 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 now not universal—it’s planetary. It can’t swap the area, however it is helping us switch the area. A God that may be actual, 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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My discoveries may be useful to anyone who is dissatisfied with worn-out images and tired liturgies about God but is unwilling to dismiss the quest for spiritual insight. They are for anyone who is sick of the battle between religion and science, which generally pits a caricature of religion against a caricature of science and, not surprisingly, seems never to progress. That battle cannot be resolved within the current popular state of knowledge. We have to go beyond that state to find the resolution—and for the first time the knowledge is becoming available that makes it possible.
Figure 2. The biblical flat-earth cosmos. THE ANCIENT HEBREW COSMOS And the cosmos remained the same for the Hebrews. The only real difference was that the Hebrews didn’t see earth, air, sky, and water as gods or as having been made from gods; in monotheism these aspects of nature were inanimate, since there could be only one God. Imagine that you’re a Hebrew shepherd, lying at night on a hillside and tending your sheep. How beautifully the stars are mounted in the firmament. The dome of the heavens is so huge, so solid.
89:9–10). “He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; He put the deep in storehouses” (Ps. 33:7). “By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he smote Rahab. By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent” (Job 26:10–13). This imagery was the language of polytheism, bubbling up despite valiant efforts by the priests of monotheism to suppress it. The Hebrews eventually made the leap of faith to monotheism, but even this immense mental transformation made no difference at all to their picture of the universe.