Physics And The Easter Miracle

The Lord’s resurrection on what is now celebrated as Easter Sunday certainly challenges our modern assumptions about physics. Not only did this miraculous event require radical reverse entropy (the reversal of disorder and decomposition), the Lord’s restored physical body seemed to have also gained new capacities. For instance, the Lord could completely disappear from the tomb and reappear before Mary Magdalene. His physical body could ascend to heaven and descend back to earth. He could suddenly be present in a room with shut doors as well as be physically touched by His disciples and even eat fish.

Did the resurrection event require God to suspend the laws of nature or make use of laws that were already in place? If it is the latter, which I am proposing, then new and richer scientific concepts are required for unveiling the hidden nature of reality. If the natural world is not the ultimate reality then it must be a lawful expression of some greater dynamic.

Some serious scientists, whom I have studied and become acquainted with, feel that the answer to the Easter miracle may have something to do with quantum physics. Quantum physics does seem to be tied to “consciousness,” however, its uncertainty principle offers us very little information about how an all-knowing Creator does things. In fact, quantum physics needs to be reformulated. If science and theology are to be united, Divine action in the world should show that nature’s laws are consistent with God’s nature, which is Infinite Love. And, Divine action is certainly purposeful.

Like Einstein and David Bohm, I reject ontological indeterminism. Rather than fundamental reality consisting of irreducible chance, there is irreducible love. The reason for this faith-based thesis is that quantum behavior, while it seems to us to be random, generates the regularity we see in the classical world of Newtonian physics. Randomness is at odds with nature’s compulsion for self-organization. The wave function and its superposition principle do not explain how outcomes of measurement (actualization) lead to an orchestrated universe.

Love offers us a principle for potential actualization that is every bit as legitimate as randomness (which I tackle in my next book, Proving God).

We live in a world that is ordered, has orientation, and is unified. Since the essence of love is to unite, I have maintained that love is the creative causal principle and formative substance (substantia prima) of creation and the ultimate science. The world is unified through shared utility. For something to exist, previous things must coexist. And coexistence emerges from mutual support and interdependence.

All self-organization finds its existence in some form of utility, which is an analog of altruism and spiritual love. A God of love cannot create anything that is not ultimately useful. What this means is that higher causal levels of order and activity (like conscious love) adapt the lower level forms of nature to their own disposition (emergence of complexity). The scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, called this top-down self-similarity the science of correspondences.

The closest idea to Swedenborg’s science of correspondences I have found in modern thinking is the concept of supervenience, whereby higher leveled phenomena, like ethics, morality, and altruism influence the lower level properties of nature and biological structure. The unity of nature is a causal consequence of Divine Love.

The science of correspondences implies that the laws of nature are, in fact, an extension of spiritual laws and forces into the constraints of spacetime. This means that the universe and its laws are perfectly fine-tuned for the Easter resurrection to occur.

God’s heavenly spirit supervened into a human body provided by the virgin birth, where it reached its ultimate actualization in the measurement outcomes of the Lord’s life of fulfilling Scripture on earth. Making the Word “flesh” was a lawful process by which higher-level realities and lower-level realities became perfectly united. Put into scientific terms, the a-temporal and a-spatial dynamics of the hidden microworld became fully expressed in the Lord’s macro bio-structure or physical body. So “quantum tunneling” through the shut doors of the room where the disciples had gathered after the crucifixion was no problem for the Lord’s resurrected body.

Do you think science and theology can be unified? Would that strengthen your faith?

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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4 Responses to Physics And The Easter Miracle

  1. Linda Austin says:

    The Easter “miracle” including Jesus appearing and disappearing to people afterwards in real human body form verges on the intensely magical… now, IMO, those happenings would probably be impossible to explain on a natural quantum physics level,, even at an out-of-the-box level, esp considering the sudden unaccountable changes in complex systems of physical matter. Consider raising Lazarus from the grave after 4 days of decomp, too!

    The trouble with the Bible is that it was written by men, albeit under God’s influence, and you just can’t read it in totally literal context. Exactly what does it mean when its written “he appeared through closed doors?” We only know what that implies. Things happened. Since nobody thought to go into detail about the oddities of nature that occurred around Jesus and no modern scientists were around to study it, we often don’t even have a real premise to go by.

    It would certainly help most modern-day people (like me) to know that science and religion complement each other, but not taking the Bible quite so literally would go a long way, too. Stuff happened.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Scripture contains both historical and non-historical events. In each case, the narratives depict a deeper SPIRITUAL message. For instance, when the Lord turns “water into wine” He was not merely trying to astonish the giests at the wedding party or to promote drunkeness. Something more relevant for EACH OF US was being communicated.

    The metaphor of changing water into wine expresses that the Lord God can take our everyday knowledge and give it more “kick.” Water represents natural or worldy knowledge (which is why we thirst for it) and wine represents spiritual knowledge (and is more potent). Otherwise, the miraculous event at the wedding simply reduces God’s action to a mere human weakness for “showing off.”

    Scientific investigation would fail at providing any PHYSICAL explanation for such things – unless their science was consciousness-based. Many scientists, however, no longer believe that fundamental realty consists of physical “stuff.” The deeper scientists probe reality, the more “weird” and more non-sensical it behaves. My next book “Proving God” will attempt to show that the psychical is primal.

    Please see my blog entitled “The Divine Rope-A-Dope.”

  3. You may find these articles on virgin birth of interest and coming from an unusual angle

    http://www.wallsofjericho.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=26

    and, similarly the debate on TheologyWeb:

    Forum — General Theistics 101
    Thread — Does the Bible teach that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived?

    http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/forumdisplay.php?f=160

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear T Crosthwaite,

    Thanks for the additional info.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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