Download PDF by Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu: A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the

By Nancy Abrams, Paul Davies, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

ISBN-10: 0807073393

ISBN-13: 9780807073391

A paradigm-shifting mixture of technology, 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 might 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, while she grew to become to the restoration neighborhood to stand a private fight, she stumbled on that imagining the next strength gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this used to be rather superb.
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was once supporting create a brand new thought of the universe in accordance with darkish topic and darkish power, and Abrams was once participating with him on books that positioned the hot medical photo right into a social and political context. She questioned, “Could whatever truly exist during this unusual new universe that's necessary of the identify ‘God?’”
In A God that may be Real, Abrams explores a appreciably new frame 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 hinder a God that could convenience and empower us.
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams reveals whatever beneficial of the identify “God” within the new technology of emergence: simply as a posh ant hill emerges from the collective habit of separately clueless ants, and simply because the international economic climate emerges from the interactions of billions of people’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the remarkable 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 that 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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At the same time I was realizing that the double dark universe would reverberate far beyond science. This is the first truly scientific picture of the universe ever. It will be amended and perhaps encompassed by an even larger theory, but it will not be overthrown. This is our universe. Since the time of Isaac Newton, we’ve understood how the planets orbit the sun in our own solar system, but our galaxy and almost all the universe beyond have been mystery cloaked in extrapolation. I kept wondering, what does it mean for us humans that we’re not living in the kind of universe we thought we were in?

Many Hebrews had an emotional need to see God not as having simply created the world alone and unopposed but as having fought hard for victory over the forces of chaos. They wanted their God to have earned his place, as Marduk had. Many biblical passages suggest that the Hebrew God had not just ordered inanimate water to divide but in fact had, like Marduk, won a great battle with the Deep and her monsters. “Thou didst divide the sea by thy might; thou didst break the heads of the dragons on the waters.

The core of her bold challenge to the atheist position is that because emergent phenomena can be real in their own right, even if they depend on a lower-level substrate to instantiate them, a God that is the product of the human mind and human society can also be real. After all, life emerges from, and is dependent on, the chemical substrate of organic matter, and life is not only real but has its own (emergent) agenda consistent with, but transcending, the chemical substrate that hosts it. So too can it be for an emergent God.

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