Hawking vs. Swedenborg: Do scientists need God to help explain the universe?


Several interesting conversations have turned up on Facebook in reaction to Stephen Hawking’s new book The Grand Design.  He states that the laws of physics are quite adequate for explaining the Big Bang creation event and how everything came to be. God is simply not needed to bring anything to the scientific table.

I do have a dog in this hunt since I recently published a book with an opposing view called Proving God.

First of all, I am surprised by the boldness of his “new” view (since he seemed to be more favorable towards God earlier in his career) although controversy generates book sales. The title of his book suggests that scientists have got it all figured out. So I also question his boldness, considering that science has no answers for the following major issues:

1) Science does not know what was going on just before the Big Bang explosion. The Laws of physics (as we know them) simply break down in the essential singularity—out of which the entire universe was generated.

2) Science does not really know what is going on at the quantum level. The mathematics work fine but finding a connection between quantum weirdness (uncertainty) and the classical world of macroscopic measurement still eludes scientists.

3) Scientists embrace the idea that the universe is unified yet they are unable to unify the two pillars of modern physics—General Relativity Theory and Quantum Theory.

4) In spite of Hawking’s claim that the law of gravity explains the spontaneous creation of the universe out of nothing, scientists really don’t have a handle on gravitational order or the thermodynamics of gravitating systems to grow structure spontaneously. It seems that somehow an explosive force overcame the unimaginable force of gravity in the singularity, but after that, the two forces became wedded to each other just enough to create the all the coherent structures and rational order of the universe.

What this all means is that scientists have yet to adequately address foundational issues and the first causal principles in the universe.

At the other end of the spectrum, theologians offer little rational insight as to how God creates or acts in the universe. Such a spiritual model of reality would lead to a theistic science. The challenge here would be to find a causal link between an Infinite Creator and a finite world that would lead to a plausible scientific theory.

I believe scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg had discovered such a causal link between God and nature and it is his extraordinary visionary insights that I discuss in depth in my new book Proving God.

Whatever side you take, this has become a “hot” topic for inquiring minds.



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 Hawking vs. Swedenborg: Do scientists need God to help explain the universe?

  1. Ron Krumpos says:

    In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theory.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (fx raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Ron Krumpos,

    The problem with M-theory is that there is no way to test it. Furthermore, I reject all models of reality based purely on a materialistic ideology.

    Thanks for sharing some of your visionary ideas with my readers. I too favor similar distinctions and levels of consciousness. I wish you success with your ideas! I believe this will become the hottest topic of the 21st Century!

    Spiritually yours,

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