A God That Could Be Real in the New Scientific Universe

We are living at the dawn of the first truly scientific picture of the universe-as-a-whole, yet people are still dragging along prescientific ideas about God that cannot be true and are even meaningless (e.g., omniscience) in the universe we now know we live in. This makes it impossible to have a co...

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Published in:Zygon
Subtitles:IRAS 60 and the future of religion and science
Main Author: Abrams, Nancy Ellen 1948-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2015]
In:Zygon
Year: 2015, Volume: 50, Issue: 2, Pages: 376-388
Further subjects:B quantum cosmology
B Spirituality
B Atheism
B Creation
B theology and science
B Emergence
B Cosmology
B Philosophy of science
B God
B Complexity
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Summary:We are living at the dawn of the first truly scientific picture of the universe-as-a-whole, yet people are still dragging along prescientific ideas about God that cannot be true and are even meaningless (e.g., omniscience) in the universe we now know we live in. This makes it impossible to have a coherent big picture of the modern world that includes God. But we don't have to accept an impossible God or else no God. We can have a real God if we redefine God in light of knowledge no one ever had before. The key question is, “Could anything actually exist in the scientific universe that is worthy of the name, God?” My answer is yes: God is an “emergent phenomenon,” as real as the global economy or the government or the worldwide web, which are all emergent phenomena. But God arose from something deeper: the complex interactions of all humanity's aspirations. An emerging God has enormous implications.
ISSN:1467-9744
Contains:Enthalten in: Zygon
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12175