The Pre-geometric Bible!

©2006 NeroBiancoSome pioneering physicists are looking into the idea that the physical universe and all its processes emerged out of a pre-geometric realm. In other words, time and space was derived from a dynamical condition that exists without any relation to spaces and times. Physicist John Wheeler coined the phrase “pregeometry” to represent this non-physical realm within scientific language. Those physicists who are asking questions about the possibility that the fundamental level of the world is timeless (a-temporal) and non-spatial (non-local) believe that the closest concept of such a situation is that of “state.”

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg actually had the same idea two centuries earlier. He argued that space and time were derived from states in an a priori, non-physical realm. He claimed that “place” in this non-physical realm had reference to states of goodness and “time” to perpetual states of coming into existence. Swedenborg offered examples of how the human mind (spirit) operated from states that found their correlations in space and time through the physical body.

For instance, we might find our hearts and minds in a state of sadness. This is the “space” we would occupy according to our inner reality. However, we may want to move to another state that brings about happiness (goodness). The movement from a sad state to a happy state represents “time” within our inner, non-physical reality. Often, this inner dynamic of changing inner states is mirrored in real time and space by the material body moving from one physical place and activity to another in order to bring the individual to greater happiness—so changing one’s outer environment emerges out of wanting to change one’s inner environment or state.

Swedenborg would later extend this scientific approach to theology! After all, Holy Scripture makes the same claim (John 1:1-3). God’s Holy Word came from heaven—a non-physical realm—and that all physical things that were made were made by God (who is the Word). This means that the divine narratives of the Holy Word had to first exist in a pre-geometric realm! In this realm the Divine Word encompasses all states simultaneously and unfolds itself successively as events happening in different physical places and times.

In the opposite or non-physical direction back towards God and first causal principles, you could mentally distill higher (heavenly) meaning from its literal words and discover new revelations about the salvation of the human race (getting the human soul from a bad place to a good place.)

For this reason I believe Holy Scripture to be both a theological and also scientific document offering the universal patterning principles of top-down causality by which the dynamics of a pre-geometrical realm can lawfully transition into corresponding events in space and time. Causal process and salvation obey similar rules of order.

I have explored this possibility in my new book Proving God.


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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2 Responses to The Pre-geometric Bible!

  1. Roger says:

    I am not disputing here – merely observing. This is similar to the view of Muslims that the Qu’ran is was created by God as a blueprint of the Universe, or the view of some Kabbalistic Jews that the Pentateuch is such a blueprint. Swedenborgians expand the blueprint to a set of books in the OT and NT (not all of them).

    All this is fine and good – but what about the documentary hypothesis that the Pentateuch was compiled from four sources (maybe more) – J, E, D and P. Same regarding the synoptic Gospels and their sources – M, Q and others. Maybe God works in wonderful, synchronistic ways such that the completed, redacted product of human editors reflects the cosmic blueprint. I do not discount such extra-temporal causality that might have ensured that the choices of a series of human redactors produced this cosmic blueprint. The Lord operates within time and outside of time.


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Good comments! All spiritual writings must contain deeper levels of meaning if they are to be considered Holy and Sacred and not the work of merely human intelligence. These deeper levels of meaning reveal the universal principles of God’s cosmic blueprint. I know that Jewish and Muslim religions have an esoteric tradition just as Christian do (and one can easily find symbolism within Hindu artwork). We all need to tap into the deeper knowledge of these systems because they all tend to support similar foundational principles. The deeper one explores God’s truth the more universal it becomes (therefore, allowing us to put our differences aside). External worship separated from deeper, internal truths leads to the “confusion of tongues.”

    Remember that the fundamental organic substrate of the human mind is in the spiritual world and structured from spiritual substances. According to Swedenborg the Lord God opened up (activated) these inner spiritual capacities in various prophets throughout history through dreams and visions which they would then faithfully write down. The Lord God can do this to individuals anywhere – as His plan necessitates.

    Yes, the Lord operates within time and outside of it – because all temporal things have orientation to eternal things (via God’s blueprint).

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