Sitting in my easy chair, I click my TV remote to a science channel. I find myself looking at a documentary on string and membrane theory.
String theory is a noble attempt to unify Einstein’s general relativity theory (gravity) with quantum mechanics. It is an interesting theory in that it suggests that the universe consists of more than three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. Scientists are now up to eleven dimensions that depict fundamental reality as consisting bizarre forms of membranes. When two membranes clash we get the Big Bang. While this approach gives physicists the mathematical freedom to unify relativity theory and quantum mechanics, there is no known means for testing such a multidimensional model. So cutting-edge science is breaking its own rules and methodology. What this means is that scientists are starting to act unreasonably.
Next I click my remote to a religion channel whose theme serves as a warning that “Christ is coming!” I do not question the good intentions of the minister who is delivering the message—he wants to save my soul. However, I do become disturbed listening to doctrinal “scare tactics” that present God as menacing and to be feared. I not only personally view God as Infinite love and mercy, but the description of the “end days” is farfetched and horrific. Next I am led to believe that this catastrophic event is coming soon—something that has been preached for almost 2000 years. I have read Scripture and it seems to suggest that Christ would return within a generation and within the lifetimes of those who listened to Him preach. Hmmm?
While I believe that fundamental reality maybe stranger than anyone suspects, I also believe that the universe is ultimately rational. Science is currently challenged to figure our out how the “weirdness” encountered at the fundamental level of physics leads to a universe that is orderly and has orientation.
Religion sidesteps such challenges by claiming these things as “mysteries of faith” and that “all things are possible with God,” therefore we should not even bother ourselves with such questions.
Unfortunately, I am cursed with a curious brain. So I have made a study of various religions and various scientific theories in my search for finding meaning to it all. As a result I have been able to detect a growing “holistic” movement consisting of serious thinkers who believe all things in the universe are profoundly connected. In other words, existence is relationship.
When one considers that the essence of LOVE is to unite, then this movement is within striking distance of unifying science and religion by challenging the current assumptions of both!
The two individuals who I feel offer the most valuable information for making this paradigm shift possible are Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff. This blog was created to present many of their novel ideas and invite readers to the table for serious discussion.
I hope you can jump in from time to time!
I have also written a new book, Proving God, which goes into great detail on how science and theology can be rationally unified. My “advance reading copies” are getting good reviews. It will be made available to the general public in Spring 2010, just before Easter.