David Bohm, Implicate Order, and Biblical Interpretation

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.


About thegodguy

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 David Bohm, Implicate Order, and Biblical Interpretation

  1. ralanboyle says:

    I agree with you that science and spirituality are unified; I gather that my understanding of reality may be more relative than your’s as it seems that you are suggesting there is a single underlying truth beneath all knowledge. Is this your position? I would assert that there is a single truth beneath some aspects of knowledge and that there is a more relative truth beneath the majority of subjects.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear ralanboyle,

    Thanks for jumping in!

    Not a SINGLE truth but INFINITE truth – from which all knowledge is holistically related.

    Physicists suspect that scientific principles are ultimately related or they would not be trying to find a Grand Unified Theory (the unification of relativity theory and quantum mechanics).

    But if ALL knowledge and truth are unified then this includes theology. At present, both current scientific theories and current theologies are inadequate for such a task. My new book unifies science and theology by challenging many of the world’s current beliefs about both!

    Relatively few people understand God’s Holy Word as a multi-dimensional and scientific document – creatively clothed in “historical” narratives.

    I could say much, much more, especially WHY all truth is related, but not here.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Peter says:

    I searched in Google for the phrase “Implicate Order and the Creation of God”, found your site, and ordered your book. I’m looking forward to read it and learn more how the Bible and the holistic worldview harmonice (I’m sure they do!).

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Peter,

    Let me know your thoughts after reading the book! It will certainly take your “neurons” on a ride!

    Spiritually yours,

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