A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Ellen Abrams (Author), [updated Oct 20, 2015]


A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers

Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them: too easily it can perpetuate conflict, vilify science, and undermine reason. Nancy Abrams, a philosopher of science, lawyer, and lifelong atheist, is among them. And yet, when she turned to the recovery community to face a personal struggle, she found that imagining a higher power gave her a new freedom. Intellectually, this was quite surprising.

Meanwhile her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was helping create a new theory of the universe based on dark matter and dark energy, and Abrams was collaborating with him on two books that put the new scientific picture into a social and political context. She wondered, “Could anything actually exist in this strange new universe that is worthy of the name ‘God?’”

In A God That Could Be Real, Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us.

Moving away from traditional arguments for God, Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence: just as a complex ant hill emerges from the collective behavior of individually clueless ants, and just as the global economy emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ choices, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual. This God did not create the universe—it created the meaning of the universe. It’s not universal—it’s planetary. It can’t change the world, but it helps us change the world. A God that could be real, Abrams shows us, is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization.


Nancy Ellen Abrams is coauthor with Joel R. Primack, of The View from the Center of the Universe and The New Universe and the Human Future.

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Nancy Ellen Abrams: “View from the Center of the Universe” personal journey (interview)

Nancy Ellen Abrams is co-author (with Joel Primack) of two books that develop deeply meaningful and imagistic perspectives from a mainstream understanding of the scientific picture of the Universe — and our role in the Cosmos. Coming from a secular Jewish background, educated in science, mythology, law, and public policy, Abrams demonstrates in this excerpted interview (by Connie Barlow) the contours of “religious naturalism” as a vibrant worldview. This interview was conducted in 2006, in the year when her book with Primack “The View from the Center of the Universe” was published.

TEDxSantaCruz: Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack – Changing The World Through A Shared Cosmology

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a lawyer (J.D., U. of Michigan) with a B.A. from the University of Chicago in the history and philosophy of science. She specializes in the role of science in a new politics and is an award-winning writer and lecturer at UCSC.

Joel R. Primack is Distinguished Professor of Physics at UCSC. He received his A.B. in Physics from Princeton and Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford. He is one of the creators of the theory of Cold Dark Matter, the accepted theory of the formation and evolution of galaxies and the nature of the dark matter that makes up most of the mass in the universe. Nancy and Joel co-authored The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World and The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Universe.

Dr. Nancy Ellen Abrams & Dr. Deepak Chopra: God That Could Be Real

Published on Oct 20, 2015

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. newheavenonearth
    May 02, 2015 @ 13:05:09

    It’s funny don’t you think that a finite mind could be so full of hubris that they deny the infinite Mind of God! Starting to wake up! A God she can envision of “comfort and empowerment” can lead her finite mind to the whole enchilada! Bless y’all!

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  2. rennydiokno2015
    May 02, 2015 @ 10:06:29

    Reblogged this on rennydiokno.com.

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