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 individuals are bored stiff with the way in which conventional faith alienates them: too simply it could actually 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, whilst she became to the restoration group to stand a private fight, she came upon that imagining a better strength gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this used to be fairly impressive.
 
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, used to be supporting create a brand new conception of the universe according to darkish subject and darkish strength, and Abrams was once taking part with him on books that positioned the hot clinical photograph right into a social and political context. She puzzled, “Could whatever really exist during this unusual new universe that's useful of the identify ‘God?’”
 
In A God that may be Real, Abrams explores a substantially new state of mind 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 restrict a God which could convenience and empower us.
 
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams unearths anything valuable 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 wonderful 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 swap the realm, however it is helping us switch the realm. A God that may be actual, 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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Another 4 percent is atoms, mostly hydrogen and helium gas, out between the galaxies, unlit by stars. But 95 percent of the density of the universe consists of those two great moving presences, dark matter and dark energy. They are invisible, not because no light is shining on them but because they don’t interact with light. The strange and ongoing dance between them, hidden in the background of the visible universe, has spun the galaxies into being and is flinging them away from each other as the universal expansion accelerates.

They are invisible, not because no light is shining on them but because they don’t interact with light. The strange and ongoing dance between them, hidden in the background of the visible universe, has spun the galaxies into being and is flinging them away from each other as the universal expansion accelerates. I was following developments, going to the conferences, meeting the scientists, privy to mysteries of the universe that virtually no one else but the experts knew. I was doing metaphysical insider trading.

New laws and regularities emerge with them. Thus life, intelligent behavior, and social complexity can all be seen as emerging from their simpler antecedents and being just as real in their own way as atoms and molecules. Or so claim emergentists. Accepting their position for now, an interesting question arises. Does this hierarchy of complexity and emergence stop with life or social systems? Could there be yet higher levels of emergence? Until now, emergence has made little impact on theology, and it is this gap that Nancy Abrams sets out to fill in a hugely ambitious project presented in the chapters to follow.

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