Nancy Ellen Abrams on Spirituality & Science
Date: March 27th, 2016

Can modern science, particularly our knowledge of the quantum world and dark matter, be reconciled with a notion of God?  Nancy Ellen Abrams, an independent scholar and author of A God that Could Be Real, discusses her personal journey from atheism to a unique view of the supernatural.  We explore Nancy’s own history through her education as well as struggles with eating disorders, not to mention walking in the world of theoretical physics and cosmology.  Ms. Abram’s then leads us through a definition of spirituality that she believes is more consistent with our contemporary understanding of the universe and how our changing scientific knowledge has led to an evolution in the way we envision God.  Her theory of God and the universe revolves around a concept of emergent phenomena, and she explains what this means.  Nancy also reviews the implications of her ideas for matters of prayer and the afterlife, finally revealing what this all means for humanity as we face new global challenges.  Recorded: March 7, 2016.

[NOTE: We here at Research on Religion are trying out a new, condensed description of our podcasts, thus the format above is shorter than in the past.  This is, hopefully, to save the editor a bit of time and to incentivize our visitors to give a listen to the guests in their own words.]



Nancy Ellen Abrams’ personal website including biography.

A God that Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, by Nancy Ellen Abrams.

The View from the Center of Our Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos, by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams.

The New Universe and the Human Future, by Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack.


Stephen Barr on Quantum Physics, Religion, and the God Particle.

Rob Moll on Religion and the Brain.

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