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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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How the Sciences should inform our concept of God

How the cosmological and physical sciences should inform us about our concept of God and its relevancy in facing future challenges


Dr. Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher, historian, musician and attorney who addresses the interconnections between modern cosmology and science and cultural meaning, and areas where traditional myth inf...

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The Existence of 'God' Creates Human Meaning

Why humans created the emerging God and how the concept of a higher power has brought meaning into human life.

 

The Emerging God


When I was fifteen and the rabbi became furious at me for writing that God was a fiction created by humans, I was right in believing that humans were not created by God, but I then jumped to conclusions, because I didn’t think scientifically. I didn’t understand that you can’t conclude what’s true from simply elim...

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What’s your ‘cosmic identity’? Philosopher says you have one

by Cathy Lynn Grossman

WASHINGTON (RNS) When she was a teen, Nancy Ellen Abrams told her rabbi that humanity created God.

She’s still at it.

And according to her new book — “A God that Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet” —  this God emerges from us, not the other way around.

Abrams grew up to become a philosopher of science, an attorney specializing in international science law, and co-author of books on dark energy and dark ...

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A New Way To Think About 'God'

by Nancy Ellen Abrams

Part Two Of Two (Read Part One here.)

There is no single meaning for the word "God." The idea of God and gods has been evolving and shape-shifting nonstop for millennia, and it's not over yet.

All traditional ideas of God are demonstrably inadequate to our time. They perpetuate conflict or fail to inspire us enough to rise to the existe...

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'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

by Nancy Ellen Abrams

"God" is a word. If we define it, even subconsciously, as something that cannot exist in our universe, we banish the idea of God from our reality and throw away all possibility of incorporating a potent spiritual metaphor into a truly coherent big picture. But if we take seriously the reliable — and, thus, invaluable — scientific and historical knowledge we now possess, we can redefine God in a radically new and empowering way that expands our thinking and c...

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5 Ways We Get God Wrong

by Nancy Ellen Abrams

We must be willing to rethink God in light of knowledge we didn’t have before.


Why do we still think about God the way people did in biblical times when slavery was considered normal, women were subhuman chattel, and everyone believed the world was flat?

That old image of God is drastically out of sync with present reality — but it doesn’t have to be. Science and God can support each other if we are willing to rethink God in light of...

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RADIO INTERVIEW: A God That Could 'Be Real'

Is it possible to believe in both science and an all-knowing, all-powerful Creator? No, according to Joy Cardin’s guest author, who is a self-described atheist. She says t...

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RADIO INTERVIEW: Truth Box Tune Up with Nancy Ellen Abrams

Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith hosted by David Dault

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In this wide-ranging interview, our host David Dault talks with Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, about new discoveries in cosmology and their prof...

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You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer

Here's how science and spirituality might find common ground -- and learn something about the universe

The power of praying comes from daring to enter that mysterious place between the emerging God and us. But it’s not an empty space—it’s our own selves on progressively larger size scales, where we are participating in multiple emerging phenomena and creating emergent identities. As the ancient Egyptian world blended outward into the spiritual world, so does ours. And the higher ...

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Political cartoonist DeCinzo on "A God That Could Be Real"

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Nancy Ellen Abrams speaks to the Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley

 

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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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Praise Who?

Santa Cruz author Nancy Abrams seeks the most real of all possible gods in her latest book

Like the cosmos that fascinates her, Nancy Abrams is unfathomably diverse. Schooled in history and the philosophy of science, she’s an author, philosopher, teacher, lawyer, musician, and international mediator whose co-creation of a technique called “scientific mediation” may or may not have taken down the Swedish government. She has co-authored two previous books—“The View from the Center ...

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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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We can re-define God in a radically new and empowering way

“God” is a word. If we define it, even subconsciously, as something that cannot exist in our universe, we sabotage ourselves: we banish God from our reality and throw away all possibility of a truly coherent big picture. But if we take seriously the reliable—and thus invaluable—scientific and historical knowledge we now possess, we can re-define God in a radically new and empowering way that expands our thinking and could help save us in the dangerous era humanity is entering.

For ...

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What Would a Secular God Look Like?

An Atheist Searches for a Realistic Higher Power in This New Book

Is there any way atheists could believe in a god?

Not the one in the Bible, of course. Not one that answers prayers or created the universe. But what about one that gives us comfort and empowers us?

That’s the premise behind Nancy Abrams‘ new book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet (Beacon Press, 2015).

When Abrams, a philosopher of science and “lif...

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My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I'm not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here's what I found

For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an atheist married to a famous scientist. But a time came when I needed a higher power. I was forced to acknowledge that, but I didn’t know if it would be possible for me. I have no interest ...

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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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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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