Irreducible chance or irreducible life?

A theoretical quantum physicist sees fundamental reality as consisting of irreducible chance. However, a theologian, believing that an Infinite God is the primal reality and Being, must believe that the universe consists of irreducible life.

Quantum physicists view the fundamental world as possibilities and tendencies to exist. This means that at its origins the universe consists of pure endeavor.

Similarly, a theologian can easily view an infinitely potent and wise God as the source of all those possibilities and dispositions. Both the scientist and the theologian can agree that the laws of the universe are fine-tuned in a way to be profoundly bio-friendly. They even agree that fundamental reality is non-local and non-temporal but use different words to describe this non-physical realm. (This leads us to the awkward question of what kind of “stuff” makes up a possibility or endeavor?)

So the conflict between the two is that the natural sciences suggest that complex structure and organic life is an outcome of pure chance, whereas the theologian believes that life comes from conscious life (God). For the record, there are a few brave pioneering scientists who are looking at the possibility that consciousness is the basis for the physics behind the causal structures and the order of nature. (Consciousness is a living function.)

While quantum physics is purely phenomenological and does not give us a theory of causal principles, or help us grasp where time and space come from, theologians offer no rational insights here either—other than that God did it. So first principles elude the scientists, while theologians possess a first principle that does not lead to a rational or scientifically plausible theory.

The passion of my life is to unify science and religion. I have just completed a new book, Proving God to share with you the results of my efforts. This blog, which goes under the title of Love is the Ultimate Science, has provided some short articles about my various approaches to this highly challenging (and emotionally-charged) topic.

My challenge throughout the book was to show that love not only powers the causal processes of the universe but that the physics ruling the universe on the fundamental level is based on the dynamics of God’s Infinite Love and divine order. In other words, physical laws come from spiritual laws!

Today, one of the biggest mysteries to theoretical physicists is how the quantum microworld of indeterminacy leads to the deterministic and rationally ordered systems of larger scale structures including the higher-level structures that make up bio-complexity. I provide evidence for why love is the causal nexus between the non-physical or psychical realm of spirit and the deterministic realm of classical physics and biological science.

Love brings people together, countries together and quantum potentials together. It is the universal living agency that unifies all things into common equilibrium and is the secret unifying force behind the mystery of self-gravitating systems (gravitational order).

The book will also provide new insights for resolving the conflict between creationism and evolution and demonstrate how salvation and eternal life in heaven is a lawful extension of evolutionary science. The latter has relevancy for providing important insights towards finding happiness and improving the spiritual quality of our lives.

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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
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