Physicist David Bohm (who is no longer with us) sided with Einstein in evaluating quantum physics as an incomplete theory. He could not embrace the idea that fundamental reality consisted of irreducible chance.
Bohm formulated his own version of quantum theory in which electrons or any other elementary particle consisted of a complex and subtler inner structure. Such deeper levels were called implicate orders. These deeper orders are distinct (discontinuous) from each other and provide the laws to the physical world and the relationships we observe (called explicate or unfolded order).
He lamented that both the traditions of science and religion have led to intellectual fragmentation and a failure to comprehend the unity of all things and that reality consists of an undivided whole. Instead, we have radical pluralism and intense conflict of interpretation in both the laws of physics and God’s laws.
What is unique about Bohm’s approach to implicate order is that the physical elements of time, space and matter have emerged from a more abstracted dynamical realm of active information. This realm, at its most fundamental reality, is responsible for a universe that is a process representing relational holism.
Amazingly, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg had actually already formulated a similar theory of multi-leveled orders based on distinct principles of action called his Doctrine of Forms. This “layered” model of dynamical process covered everything from inert matter to the non-physical realm of God.
But Swedenborg did not stop there. He went on to demonstrate that God’s Holy Word contained the patterning principles or template for the scaffolding of the universe within the layered architecture of its sacred narratives.
What does this mean?
Swedenborg provided tons of evidence to show that the Holy Bible contained implicate orders of active information as well, which contained deeper ensembles of revelatory order and sequence. In other words, as a scientifically minded theologian, he took the Scriptural doctrine that all things were created from the Word (John 1:1-3) and showed how it could be translated into scientific language. The Word of God represented the deepest implicate order of “active information” and non-local dynamical magnitudes.
The main focus of this blog is to offer you, my interested reader, novel concepts on how theology and science can be unified. Realizing that such an undertaking is beyond the scope of short articles I have also completed a new book entitled Proving God to show how all information is indeed unified and has its origins in a single Divine source. It will be available to the public in Spring 2010 – just before Easter.
But I will keep offering “tidbits” on this blog from various topics in my book. Feel free to comment.