Some 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.