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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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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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