By Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu
A paradigm-shifting mix of technology, faith, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers
Many everyone is bored to death with the way in which conventional faith alienates them: too simply it may perpetuate clash, vilify technology, and undermine cause. Nancy Abrams, a thinker of technology, legal professional, and lifetime atheist, is between them. And but, while she grew to become to the restoration neighborhood to stand a private fight, she came upon that imagining a better strength gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this was once fairly extraordinary.
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was once supporting create a brand new conception of the universe in accordance with darkish topic and darkish strength, and Abrams was once taking part with him on books that placed the hot clinical photograph right into a social and political context. She puzzled, “Could something really exist during this unusual new universe that's helpful of the identify ‘God?’”
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a substantially new state of mind approximately God. She dismantles a number of universal assumptions approximately God and indicates why an omniscient, all-powerful God that created the universe and plans what occurs is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t hinder a God that could convenience and empower us.
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams unearths whatever priceless of the identify “God” within the new technological know-how of emergence: simply as a posh ant hill emerges from the collective habit of separately clueless ants, and simply because the international economic system emerges from the interactions of billions of people’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the marvelous 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 swap the realm. 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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Extra resources for A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet
That was a turning point. I became willing to try. Everything changed. I used to wear eye makeup, but for almost a year I found myself crying too often and had to stop. Life suddenly felt raw, unpolished, like finding a shockingly large diamond in the rough. It wasn’t pretty, and yet I saw its potential for me. The willingness to try forced me to start listening differently. It forced me to stop jumping to conclusions when I heard God-talk and instead try to look past the religious metaphors so I could hear what people were struggling to say.
To the average Greek dozens of self-serving unpredictable gods were in charge—not only of external events but even of people’s own thoughts. Greek gods were believed capable of reaching in and changing your thinking without your even being aware of it. Plato came up with the term theology to fight this view because it threatened rationality. He criticized poets, not because he was opposed to beauty but because epic poetry was what spread the mythology of the gods and reinforced their emotional and irrational authority over phenomena.
And the reality of all of us doing this at once generates global markets and economies, nations, networks, and civilizations. Our worlds are more complicated by many orders of magnitude than those of the peoples who created our traditional ideas of God. We need to discover the principles that govern affairs on these immensely more complex scales. They can’t be intuited, and they can’t be derived from simpler thinking. None of our religions or political ideologies borne of narrower worlds can guide the future of humanity.
A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu