Richard Dawkins – this book is for you!

I have written a book entitled Proving God. The purpose of this seven-year project is to unify science and theology. It is my sincere attempt to address the quote below by Richard Dawkins.

“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

Scientist Richard Dawkins is the world’s most famous atheist. While I am a writer of spiritual/religious books he does make an important point. If God is infinitely wise and created the universe, why does religion offer so little information for the human frontal lobes to contemplate?

Does God promote ignorance?

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg called science and philosophy the “bridegroom of religion.”  Swedenborg believed that God would not have given humans such ample brains only to turn around and demand simple faith. Our big brains must be an important part of God’s eternal plan.

True humanness consists of two gifts given to us from God—free will (volition) and an intellect (discernment). These two essentials of being human are finite analogs of God’s Infinite Love (volition) and Infinite Wisdom (discernment). In this way, humankind was made in God’s image and likeness—not in that we have ten toes and fingers and stand upright.

Unfortunately, contemporary theologies offer neither a response to the New Paradigm science nor insights as to how God creates stuff. Shouldn’t God’s revealed wisdom (the Holy Word) allow scientists to formulate a theory of causal process?

The universe is, after all, rationally ordered and has orientation. Therefore, God’s wonderful works should lend themselves to being put into scientific language—that is, into a plausible scientific theory.

I drew the ideas for my new book from both the scientific and theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. His science was theistic and offered me unique insights into relativity theory, quantum physics, string theory and that elusive topic, quantum gravity—all with spiritual considerations!

Thanks to Swedenborg’s visionary insights, I have been able to tease out essential components of these important post-modern theories from the very pages of Holy Scripture! My new book provides an “emancipatory scheme” which will free Bible interpretation (exegesis) from its normal linear and historical constraints to reveal a deeper architectural structure and scaffolding within its narratives that portray the patterning designs and template of top-down causality and universal (holistic) process. It is within these deeper substrates of biblical structure that God reveals the true sacredness, inerrancy and authority of the Holy Word and its relevance to scientific truth.

God’s promise in Revelation to make “all things new” includes a reformulation and redefining of both the content of science and religious theology.

Richard Dawkins, are you listening?

http://www.provinggod.com

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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to Richard Dawkins – this book is for you!

  1. “True humanness consists of two gifts given to us from God – free will (volition) and an intellect (discernment).”

    Are volition and discernment sufficient to understand another divine gift, human creativity? They certainly participate in creativity, but there’s also something else in it, as one can easily imagine volition and discernment without particular creativity (it even happens almost all the time with the absolute majority of real humans). Where does (human) creativity come eventually from, what is it, and would even God’s mere Love and Wisdom be enough to explain it? Both Love and Wisdom are “continuous” if not permanent, while creativity and creation is a highly uneven process and result, actually observed as a very rare gift (with rare manifestations). Why was the loving God so parsimonious just with this gift, especially its higher manifestations (intellectual, spiritual, artistic creativity)? Or, alternatively, why is genuine human creativity ever here at all (for those rare cases), instead of being replaced by a smoother combination of discernment and volition dominating anyway for the majority of cases and sufficient, in principle, to ensure a reasonable human evolution etc. (by contrast, rare enough human creativity in addition doesn’t seem to evolve at all)?

    At a much deeper level, one may ask similar questions about creativity with respect to divinity itself. Why would the divine Nirvana of Love and Wisdom need a painful interruption for the singular creation of a very imperfect, clumsy and obviously suffering humanity (without great progress in heaven’s direction until now, one should admit), just in order to finally return it, hopefully, to the same perfect Love and Wisdom (in heaven)? If such is the divine amusement, then why can’t God imagine/create it all in a much lighter and wiser way, closer to the final heavenly perfection (or was it even originally done in that way, allegedly, but why was insufficient, then)?

    And secondly, in the Christian version (what about other monotheistic believers – should all go to hell, irrespective of their love?), why Jesus Christ, which is an additional structure in divine creation? You were discussing it here before, but in summary of the creativity aspect, it seems that evolving volition and discernment could be enough for the final purpose (as in other religions), even without cruel Christian complications? In any case, is there a big progress along the way of Jesus Christ, when even much more elementary Ten Commandments are increasingly violated (including by claimed modern Christians, but actually today even without any particular link to personal faith as such)? Sounds sarcastically, but the only real, definite advantage of Christian tradition is … the dirty material technology progress, indeed spectacular, and in particular, this possibility for us to exchange like that using computers and internet! Jesus Christ … basically for computers and internet, should sound horribly for all true believers but sort of … actually true… Volition and discernment can be not smaller with Buddhists and Moslems… Only computers are on our side… Industry, computers, finance and all that … love and wisdom…

    And I forgot completely about Dawkins – maybe because his case is a really transparent one, no questions. 🙂 He would argue that you just replace the canonical blind belief in God by an equivalent postulate about equally inexplicable Love entity out there and its connection to this world reality, which nobody can provably measure…

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Andrei,

    I do not know why you insist on blaming God (love entity) for the negative manifestations of humanity on earth. That is like blaming cars and speed limit laws for the actions of traffic violators. Who does not understand the difference between good and evil? And who has been created that has been given no choice in the matter?

    It is volition and discernment that makes us human. Animals cannot transcend their biological selves AND animals possess creativity (such as building bird nests and the weaving of spider’s webs).

    Again, you (and Dawkins) speak from total ignorance of the science that is portrayed within the pages of Scripture. (In fact, you have no response for such a possibility!)

    Creativity is ingenuity and worldly – and does not address deeper moral issues. A complete jerk can be creative. Wisdom addresses life-choices and seeks to make the best choices.

    We instinctively measure a man or woman by their goodness and its serviceable fruits – not by their physical height or weight. This should tell you that there is a standard of measurement (metric) that transcends physical measurement yet is ontologically real (and has a real effect in the world).

    Are you not trying to influence the world to stop acting like jerks (creative or otherwise) and move in the direction of the former type of measurement – towards collective goodness?

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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