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A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the by Nancy Ellen Abrams

By Nancy Ellen Abrams

A paradigm-shifting mix of technological know-how, faith, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers

Many individuals are bored to death with the way in which conventional faith alienates them: too simply it might probably perpetuate clash, vilify technology, and undermine cause. Nancy Abrams, a thinker of technology, legal professional, and lifetime atheist, is between them. And but, whilst she grew to become to the restoration group to stand a private fight, she came upon that imagining a better strength gave her a brand new freedom. Intellectually, this was once rather fantastic.
 
in the meantime her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, used to be assisting create a brand new thought of the universe in accordance with darkish topic and darkish power, and Abrams was once taking part with him on books that placed the hot clinical photograph right into a social and political context. She questioned, “Could something truly exist during this unusual new universe that's valuable of the identify ‘God?’”
 
In A God which may be Real, Abrams explores a greatly new state of mind approximately God. She dismantles a number of universal assumptions approximately God and indicates why an omniscient, all-powerful God that created the universe and plans what occurs is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t restrict a God that may convenience and empower us.
 
relocating clear of conventional arguments for God, Abrams reveals anything important of the identify “God” within the new technological know-how of emergence: simply as a posh ant hill emerges from the collective habit of separately clueless ants, and simply because the worldwide financial system emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ offerings, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the amazing 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 realm, however it is helping us swap the realm. A God that may be genuine, Abrams indicates us, is what humanity must encourage us to jointly cooperate to guard our warming planet and create a long term civilization.

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Most of your mate’s flaws and weaknesses are not likely to be deep enough to warrant a change. These attributes may be annoying or unattractive, but you need to adjust to them and love your mate anyway. One helpful way to accept those flaws is to remind yourself that you would rather have this person in your life with S TOP T rying to C hange Y our M ate | 43 the flaw than not to have him or her at all. This is a lesson Teresa learned— almost the hard way. Teresa married Roy, a construction worker who handled all kinds of building materials and heavy tools.

Teresa married Roy, a construction worker who handled all kinds of building materials and heavy tools. As a result, his hands were rough and calloused. In their lovemaking she could hardly stand the feel of his coarse hands moving across her skin like sandpaper. She nagged him continually to use lotion on his hands and wear gloves at work. But nothing worked. In time Roy’s hands and Teresa’s complaints took their toll, and the frequency of their lovemaking dropped to almost zero. Then one day the news reported a serious accident at the construction site where Roy worked.

But these 26 | THE 7 MINUT E M AR RI A GE S O LUTI O N mate-inflicted hurts need not destroy a marriage. If the isues are handled carefully, the marriage can actually come out stronger after the hurt is addressed and healed. Dennis and Gail had been married six years and had two children when Gail discovered that he had lied to her. He had told her he was taking a company trip to another state, but instead he slipped off with his buddies for a three-day fishing trip in the mountains. Dennis admitted it, repented of his deception, and vowed never to lie to her again.

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