I am a follower of the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg. His contributions to the history of human thought have almost completely been swept under the carpet. The reason why his ideas are so little embraced in the modern world of human ideas is that on the surface they seem to be totally preposterous.
For instance, after having an illustrious 35-year career as a natural scientist and philosopher Swedenborg suddenly turned to theology and claimed that the Lord God had given him the profound ability to observe the spiritual world and even interview its inhabitants (including angels) while still living on earth.
During this 28-year exploration of a non-physical realm, in which the Lord had raised his consciousness to a higher level of mind, he discovered that the Bible had higher levels of meaning as well, that the Second Coming had actually begun and that LOVE was the omnipresent world substance and unique active element behind all agency in the universe.
Swedenborg himself claimed that the Lord God had prepared and guided his mind through science so that he could later make proper observations of the distinct phenomena of the spiritual world. In other words, Swedenborg’s various scientific models were teased out of his mind from a divine imperative.
I have heard estimates that there are about 25,000 people in the world today who take Swedenborg seriously. Perhaps (a rough estimate) about 1,000 of them feel so strongly about these theological concepts that they are engaged in finding comparisons and points of contact with the New Paradigm science (i.e., relativity theory, quantum theory and multidimensional string theory). There is a strong feeling among them that Swedenborg’s advanced theology supports some of the latest scientific findings concerning the fundamental nature of reality.
Even beyond that and more rare, there are perhaps several dozen (at best) Swedenborgian thinkers who believe that his scientific models not only anticipated the discoveries of modern science but they still surpass them! For various reasons, most Swedenborgians dare not upset the apple cart of current scientific thinking and scholarship and will not go this far.
I belong to this last group of Swedenborgian thinkers. In order to increase the numbers of this tiny group I have written a new book titled Proving God. It is a seven-year attempt to unify science and theology by challenging the assumptions of both and providing new insights into the full spectrum of Swedenborg’s scientific and theological writings, including a new theory on evolution.
God’s Holy Word not only contains deeper meanings and secrets about human salvation but also the patterning principles of universal law and the top-down causal processes that created and sustain all things in the universe.