Evolution, Complexity Theory, and Love

The creation of the world is a story of Nature’s incessant drive towards self-organization. Evolution continues this pattern of complexification through bio-organization and speciation.

The most complex living structure in the universe is the human brain. No one doubts that evolution has led to both the increased structural complexity and the intelligence that is enjoyed by the human species. However, science does not see this trajectory as proof of a purposeful design from a Divine hand.

What naturalism fails to observe is that religion is actually the next logical step and continuation of the drive in evolution to increase complexity and intelligence.

You see, the mind, which consists of our thoughts and passions, is organized as well. Since the mind is not in space, and the ideas of our memory are not under the constraints of physical law, the human intellect can be said to represent non-physical complexity.

Religion represents God’s lawful strategy to take bio-evolution into a non-spatial and non-temporal plane. Why? Because God’s PURPOSE in creation is to create a heaven from the human race.

Unlike the neo-Darwinian synthesis, which places chance, genetic novelty, and natural selection as the driving forces in evolution, religion places values (life-choices) as the driving force once a certain level of intelligence and consciousness has been reached—as in humans.

The Human cognitive function of understanding comes from a man or woman’s ability to arrange their knowledge coherently. In fact, all branches of human inquiry put knowledge into a systematic form. What is not known is that an individual’s personal and subjective arrangement of ideas becomes the embodiment or non-physical bio-complexity of the human spirit. This higher-level bio-structure allows our personality to survive the death of the physical body. This organization represents real bio-structure because it subsists – it must be “fed” and given “inputs” like all other living systems.

The reason religion shows the purposefulness of evolution is that it anticipates the unique challenges for further bio-progress in the human psyche. Religion addresses the fact that the human intellect and its body of knowledge are arranged and find order according to one’s chosen VALUES (which are derivatives of love).

Corporeal love organizes the body of our ideas around one set of values (which are worldly and self-centered). Spiritual love organizes the body of our knowledge around a different set of ideas (which are more noble and inclusive). In other words, religion recognizes that the continued evolution of Homo sapiens involves the human heart and mind choosing the best values, that is, choosing goodness.

All values are derivatives of love because they are the principles we resonate and harmonize with. That is why religion implores us to love God and to love the neighbor.

Religion is a part of God’s evolutionary (and scientific) strategy to form a profound relationship and covenant with the created world.

While God seeks to share eternal happiness with us, when we die and enter the spiritual world we will seek a final abode that resonates most perfectly with our inner organization.

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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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5 Responses to Evolution, Complexity Theory, and Love

  1. sks says:

    This is a really interesting take on the topic of evolution. It makes so much sense! And it also clarified the meaning of the word “religion” for me in a way that I never really understood it before.

    “Religion” has always been a word attached to churchgoing for me and probably for many people. (“What religion are you?” usually means what building do you visit on Sunday mornings) But my relationship with God is so much more than that, while the actual “churchgoing” experience has often seemed somewhat superficial and lacking this same richness. Sometimes I have wondered if I should even call myself “religious” because I felt this way. Now I know that no matter where I am and what I’m doing, I am practicing my religion. 🙂

    Thanks for providing a deeper and more logical look into what both evolution and religion actually mean. So interesting how everything works together! Wow. Thanks again for your refreshing insights!

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear sks,

    Thanks for your supportive words. While going to church has positive benefits true worship consist of loving God and loving the neighbor, which requires living a life of spiritual goodness. Going to church and the observance of ritual are secondary forms of worship.

    The reason why religion is the extension of evolutionary design and complexity is that all organization consists of reciprocal union, whereby increased differentiation perfects unity. The essence of truth is to differentiate while the essence of love is to unite. All creation and evolution consists of a “marriage” between Divine Love (living essence) and Divine Truth (form and information).

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. sks says:

    Thanks Godguy,
    This is really helpful. Your post and your response today have not only helped remove the “human” layer of residual guilt I sometimes feel when I choose to go hiking on a beautiful Sunday morning, you’ve given me some very cool things to think about that will definitely have a positive effect on my way of approaching a worship service when I do choose to attend. You have changed my day for the better!

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear sks,

    Religion needs an overhaul. This is the purpose of the Lord’s Second Coming, which is taking place among those who are serious minded and want to transcend their worldly biological selves!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  5. sks says:

    COUNT ME IN! I look forward to reading more. Very interesting stuff.

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