As someone who is deeply interested in unifying science and theology I am quite amused that some very serious physicists are attempting to formulate how spacetime and matter emerged from a pre-geometric realm. This involves coming up with a theory of causal processes that would describe the structure of reality before action and form reach the spatio-temporal arena. This “pregeometric” approach to discovering fundamental principles and first causes was started by the famous physicist, John Wheeler.
Scripture makes the very same claim—about the created world and ITSELF! In John 1:1-3, we read that before the world of spacetime was created there existed God’s Holy Word. Furthermore, we read that all things created were made from the Word. So Scripture backs up the attempt by physicists to look for the primal dynamics and laws ruling the universe on the fundamental level in a pre-physical realm.
But this also begs the question of how the Holy Word could exist in the absence of time or space. And, if all things in the universe were created from the Holy Word, then where the heck are the universal causal processes and patterning principles addressed within the narratives of Scripture?
Do the historical and prophetical stories in Scripture contain a “higher-level” structure that describes events and relationships abstracted from local and earthly concepts? Can Holy Scripture be a multidimensional document containing the top-down patterning principles and causal links between the non-physical (spiritual) and physical realms?
Could God’s Holy Word contain elements of relativity theory, quantum theory or multidimensional string theory? In my upcoming book Proving God (available March 2010) I provide evidence that it does! For instance, Chapter Seven is titled “Did Noah’s Ark Travel Across Possibility Waves?”
Surprised by this? Don’t be.
There are some pioneering physicists today who believe that science’s current view of reality is due for a grand shake-up. And there are theologians who believe that current religious views are due for a grand shake up as well. I believe both shake-ups will happen at the same time because the next paradigm change will unify both science and theology.
By the way, these “earthquakes” which will rattle the very foundations of our current institutions are referred to in Scripture as the Second Coming.