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 everyone is bored stiff 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, 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 energy gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this was once really marvelous.
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was once assisting create a brand new idea of the universe according to darkish subject and darkish strength, and Abrams used to be participating with him on books that placed the recent medical photograph right into a social and political context. She puzzled, “Could something truly exist during this unusual new universe that's invaluable of the identify ‘God?’”
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a significantly new frame of mind approximately God. She dismantles numerous 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 prevent a God that could convenience and empower us.
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams reveals whatever helpful 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 financial system 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 which means of the universe. It’s no longer universal—it’s planetary. It can’t swap the area, however it is helping us swap the realm. A God which may be genuine, Abrams exhibits us, is what humanity must motivate us to jointly cooperate to guard our warming planet and create a long term civilization.
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But I also attended lectures by the legendary mythologist and historian of religions Mircea Eliade—if I was lucky enough to hear about them, because he followed no schedule. Eliade was always disappearing for weeks or months, rumor held, to be initiated into the secret shamanic rites of some exotic culture. With his penetrating eyes and ever-present pipe, he was the most intriguing person I had ever met. He seemed to have access to a level of intense existence I had never experienced or even known about.
PART III CHAPTER 7 Renewing God, Renewing Religion CHAPTER 8 Planetary God, Planetary Morality CHAPTER 9 A Big Picture for Our Time ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOREWORD BY ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU I must begin by acknowledging that I do not agree with everything that Nancy Abrams says about a scientific understanding of God. I dare say many religious believers will be deeply challenged by this book, but they will come away better for having read it, as we all do when our most cherished views are explored more deeply.
Marduk divided the slaughtered sea goddess (the primeval waters) in two, bolted her upper waters in place, and from her lower half fashioned the earth, mountains, and rivers. He measured carefully—the Babylonians were brilliant astronomical observers—and he set the celestial beings in their places with precisely calculated instructions. At the end of his labors the celebrating gods built the city of Babylon for themselves. Taking the blood of the sea goddess’s defeated general—the blood of a loser and a lackey—Marduk created humans to serve the gods by doing all the work so the gods could enjoy their city, whose hanging gardens were one of the wonders of the ancient world.
A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu