A lot of news releases come across my desk on a regular basis. I can’t talk about them all, but because of our television and radio work we see a steady stream of stories on just about everything imaginable. The stories most important to me as a Pastor are the ones related to truth and salvation. Below is an example I would like you to actually read. The headline declares:
A God That Could Be Real
Spirituality, Science & the Future of Our Planet
by Nancy Ellen Abrams
Forewords byArchbishop Desmond Tutu and Paul Davies
A former atheist breaks through the ultimate glass ceiling—she develops a new theory of God
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA - The first thing to know is that God is not a man, you don't need a man, church or affiliation to talk to God and a real God fits in perfectly with cutting edge science.
In her new book, "A God That Could Be Real," lawyer, philosopher and author Nancy Ellen Abrams develops a new theory of God through a battle with an eating addiction. Her only way to recover was to join a 12-step program and call on a higher power she did not believe in.
What Abrams, then a life-long atheist, discovers is a very real God that breaks away from flat-earth patriarchal ideas to reveal a thoroughly modern, highly personal God. The God that emerges from Abram’s latest book is in alignment with both the highest human aspirations and cutting-edge science that has decoded our DNA and is giving our species its first look back to the birth of our Universe.
Standing up to thousands of years of male tradition Abrams develops a theory of God which dissolves all patriarchal archetypes to reveal a scientifically sound and personally accessible way of thinking about God available to all people at all times.
Why? “Because a real God doesn’t require belief any more than gravity requires us to believe in it to keep us firmly planted on the ground,” shares Abrams.
After witnessing first hand some of the most important recent discoveries in astrophysics and writing two books with her husband Joel Primack, a co-creator of cosmology's leading theory about how the universe actually works, Abrams develops a theory of God which exists without breaking the laws of nature or requiring blind faith in anything supernatural.
Through the new science of “emergence,” an idea as central to understanding reality as evolution, Abrams shows how everything from anthills to the global economy to God arises in a similar way. Just as the global economy emerges from many billions of small but interacting individual choices and operates by laws none of us individuals intentionally created or fully understand, God, she suggests, emerges from the interacting aspirations of all humans and has been emerging for tens of thousands of years. She reveals God as a guiding force of science, which connects to our understanding of and appreciation for the sacred.
Abrams says, “Life is sacred – but life means the whole multi-billion year process of biological evolution happening here on earth. That we intelligent creatures have evolved from nothing but particles and energy is so extraordinarily unlikely that it may exist nowhere else in the galaxy. Humanity itself is emergent and should be sacred to us. This understanding can help us save our children and the planet. By the standards of old religions, we could all be good people and still go extinct. An emergent understanding of A God That Could Be Real connects you to a community of caring, reality-affirming people capable of working together despite differences. What each of us considers sacred defines what we are willing to sacrifice to save.”
Abrams explains the roots of religion and how scientifically-based spirituality is the next stage in the evolution of human understanding. Her book, "A God That Could Be Real," published by Beacon Press and containing a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is available now, and the author can be contacted for interviews.
Wow! Where do I start? I guess it is good that this dear lady is giving up on atheism, but she remains in spiritual darkness—and so does those who endorse her work. First of all, what authority does Nancy have to set forth a “new theory of God?” Evidently she is rejecting the revelation of God in His holy word. She is “standing up to thousands of years of male tradition” and developing “a theory of God which dissolves all patriarchal archetypes to reveal a scientifically sound and personally accessible way of thinking about God available to all people at all times.” But no one is free to develop their own “personal way of thinking about God.” This is idolatry! Sadly, this dear lady is a classic example of someone who is unwilling to repent and honor the Lord with love and devotion. It is really the height of rebellion to “re-think” God when He has clearly revealed Himself in Holy Scripture.
She states that her book reveals “a scientifically sound . . . way of thinking about God available to all people at all times.” But we already have that revelation! And it is for all people at all times. It is the Bible!
It is sad to see the lost condition of those around us. They are truly spiritually blind. I could comment more about what she says, but let me leave you with a couple of thoughts. First, if you are interacting with someone in a similar spiritual condition patiently witness the truth of Scripture to them. Also, pray for them and rely upon the Holy Spirit to open their eyes. And finally, STAY CLOSE TO YOUR BIBLE! Do not be mislead by those who neglect, or openly reject, the authoritative Word of God. Rather, take your Bible and expose the darkness!