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A God That Could Be Real by Nancy Ellen Abrams

04/28/15

  10:59:00 am, by Airycat   , 394 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, Science, Religion

A God That Could Be Real by Nancy Ellen Abrams

A God That Could Be Real by Nancy Ellen Abrams

It was the subtitle "Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet" That piqued my interest in this book. Spirituality and science have always been interests of mine. I've never been one to see them as opposites and have always tried to make them work together for me. But I don't have a great deal of knowledge in either area. Nancy Ellen Abrams has the knowledge of science and the experience of religion (both positive and negative). This book is her result of trying to make science and religion work together.

From the beginning Abrams had me hooked. Not that I believe everything as she explains it, but the idea of an emergent God is intriguing. I am an unabashed born again Christian, so sometimes her depersonalization of God was discomfiting, but as far as I can tell, her logic is sound and she goes into some detail to back up what she's saying. One thing I really appreciate is that as I read her explanations of several things, the Bible verse that said the same thing (as far as how we should respond, in particular) came to mind. What she said did not tear down my faith, but reinforced it.

Since I never did believe God was an old man beyond the sky, and have pretty much always believed our view of him changed as our comprehension of ourselves and our universe has changed (though he has not changed), what resonates most strongly with me is her definition of God on page 74.  

"God is [...]  not the atoms, humans, stars, or galaxies; it's the conceptual framework that holds them together and gives meaning to our universe."

That fits just fine with my view of a personal God. When she talked about truth boxes, I wondered if perhaps God is a box framed beyond string theory (or what replaces it). For me, God will always be unknowable, except on that personal level. I don't need more and that doesn't in any way conflict with anything science has to say.

Her third section gets somewhat "preachy," which I found rather ironic. Nonetheless, I do agree with what she's saying. Believers and non-believers need to come to some consensus on common ground and stop the "us" versus "them" attitude. Truly, our world does depend on it. Now.

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