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Spirituality, Science and God: a Revisiting

by Dr. Emanual Paparella

“Over the past two decades a largely sterile dispute has raged between two diametrically opposing camps: atheists and religious fundamentalists. It is surely time to move on and elevate the discussion to a higher intellectual level. This ambitious and thought-provoking book by Nancy Abrams on the interface of science and religion is a timely and welcome contribution to a more productive discussion of the...

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Nancy Abrams attempts to reconcile humanity’s greatest question

By Wallace Baine

Early on, in her penetrating new book “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet” (Beacon Press), Nancy Ellen Abrams declares: “I have no interest in a God that has to be believed in.” God, she writes, should simply exist, like the law of gravity, and that faith should be rethought as a decision to learn about what already exists in the natural world, or not.

The book is Abrams’s way of attempting to spar...

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A way beyond the boring religion-science debates, which pit secular fundamentalists against religious fundamentalists

After Copernicus, we know that Earth is not at the center of the universe. Our planet is merely the “third rock from the sun” on the edge of one spiral galaxy, which in turn is merely one among more than a billion galaxies in the universe. After Darwin, we know that we humans are not “a little lower than the angels,” but merely “a little higher than the apes.” These are but two of the paradigm-shifting ways that science has de-centered traditional religious claims.

In her new book ...

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Direct, well informed, and effectively grounded

Lawyer and philosopher [Nancy Ellen] Abrams (coauthor, The View from the Center of the Universe) was faced with a dilemma: intellectually committed to atheism, she began to embrace the idea of a higher power while part of a recovery community.

This concise book intelligently describes her ideas about a growing, “emergent” God, a God conformable both to the experience of the religious and the standards of the atheistic and nonreligious. She emphasizes our care and concern f...

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God as something consistent with what is real in the universe

Abrams, a lawyer and coauthor of books on cosmology (The New Universe and the Human Future), had long-standing disdain for organized religion and oversimplified approaches to faith and God. But a personal crisis with an eating disorder prompted her to deeply rethink her views about God and religion. She came to understand God as something consistent with what is real in the universe. “God persists and always will because it’s a fundamental characteristic of the connection between ourselves...

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Cosmic Wonder, Human Opportunity

BOOK REVIEW by Matthew Fox

This book is in every sense of the word, a prophetic book. Its message ranks right up there with those of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Joel. Like the prophets, it is at times poetic, demanding, grounded, soaring, empowering, and always awe-inspiring.

Rabbi Heschel says the essence of the prophet’s work is to interfere, and Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams are doing nothing if they are not interfering. They are interfering with apathy, couch-potat...

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A Cosmic Book With Human Insight

BOOK REVIEW by Deepak Chopra

I found my eyes opened, along with my mind, by an intriguing book, The View from the Center of the Universe, by Joel R. Primack, a distinguished physicist at the University of California Santa Cruz, and his wife, Nancy Ellen Abrams, an excellent writer. There have been a spate of books extending our concept of the universe and how human beings fit into it. In an earlier post I listed...

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Can humans ever change?

BOOK REVIEW by Ron Cowen

Living only for the present, using up natural resources, polluting the environment without considering future generations — can humans ever change? Lawyer and popular-culture lecturer Abrams and her husband Primack, an astrophysicist noted for his work on dark matter, argue that people might, if only they learned a little cosmology.

Echoing the words of Joseph Campbell, who studied the myths of ancient and modern peoples, the authors argue that th...

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Think Cosmically, Act Globally, Eat Locally

BOOK REVIEW by Johan Galtung

The above title is the slogan advocated by two University of California Santa Cruz professors, the astrophysicist Joel R. Primack, and his wife, the cultural philosopher (and singer) Nancy Abrams.  Their fine book, The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World, based on the Terry Lectures at Yale October 2009, will be published by Yale University Press in April.

Their motto – adding cosmos to “T...

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An antidote to cosmic alienation

BOOK REVIEW by Michael S. Turner

During graduate school, when I was shifting fields from particle physics to astrophysics, I decided to read an elementary book on astronomy to get the lay of the land. What I learned depressed me: We humans occupy an insignificant place in the grand scheme of things, and there is no evidence that the universe has taken or should take note of us. I suspect many other scientists, as well as nonscientists, have had a similar experience. Carl Sagan su...

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All Things Big and Small

BOOK REVIEW by Gregory Mott

In The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Universe (Riverhead, $26.95), the physicist Joel R. Primack and his wife, science philosopher Nancy Ellen Abrams, aim to pick up where Chown leaves off. Primack and Abrams argue that the explosive growth in our understanding of the universe has brought us to the to the brink of a revolution in cosmology similar to the one in physics after Sir Isaac Newton o...

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Thoughtful and original book

The View From the Center of the Universe: In this thoughtful and original book, a husband-and-wife team presents a science-based cosmology aimed at allowing us to understand the universe as a whole and our place in it. "Most of us have grown up thinking that there is no basis for our feeling central or even important to the cosmos," they write. "But with the new evidence it turns out that this perspective is nothing but a prejudice. There is no geographic center to an expand-ing u...

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One of those truly creative books that crosses disciplines

OUR cosmic address: "Earth, Solar System, Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Local Supercluster." Cosmology, explains the husband-wife team of Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, is the study of the myth and origin of the 14-billion-year-old universe. It is an effort to frame the universe, give it an identity, much as our ancestors did -- through science as well as intuition, the latter no longer being sufficient, given the data now available to us.

The authors review th...

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The Cosmos Within

BOOK REVIEW by Amanda Gefter

Virtually every human culture has sought to give life meaning through cosmological mythologies. Today, science tells a story of the universe that might actually be true and, according to Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, we must understand that story to understand ourselves.

This is a deeply inspiring book that should be required reading for everyone. Weaving fascinating science with profound insight, the book puts us at the centre of the w...

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Most of the scientific universe is spiritual! We should be shouting this from the rooftops!
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Most of the scientific universe is spiritual! We should be shouting this from the rooftops!
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Talking to God is not a theoretical exercise for people like me; it can have serious real-world consequences.
Nancy Ellen Abrams
Talking to God is not a theoretical exercise for people like me; it can have serious real-world consequences.
Nancy Ellen Abrams
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