Modern science is seeking a Grand Unified Theory or “Theory of Everything” (TOE). They believe that they can obtain such a mastery of science by unifying the four fundamental forces—gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear strong force and nuclear weak force. As things presently stand, gravity is the holdout and is not cooperating. This is why today’s physicists are not yet able to satisfactorily unify quantum mechanics with Einstein’s General Relativity theory—the two main pillars of modern physics.
This is laughable. Why?
Not only do some physicists believe that not all of the four identified fundamental forces are fundamental (like nuclear weak force) but even if they succeeded in such an attempt, they would fail to formulate a universal theory of causal process, which would include nature’s endeavor toward self-organization, bio-complexity and the emergence of beings with intelligence and consciousness.
A Theory of Everything should include everything! In other words, what unifies things on a fundamental level should unify things at every level and scale. This level of fine-tuning would boggle the minds of natural scientists.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg offered potent clues to how we should formulate such a universal theory. He called it the Circle of Life. This model of process is discussed in both his scientific and theological writings. It is so universal that it applies to the dynamical processes in both the physical universe and the non-material spiritual world!
What can immediately be teased out of this circular (non-linear) model of universal process is that it anticipates Planck’s Constant—that all action comes in wholes and these whole units of action have the same formula for measurement as does angular or circular momentum.
Swedenborg not only showed how increased complexity into higher order structures involves more complicated circles of process but that these circles could be transcendent as well. Thus, whole units of action and process could include an involution of spiritual energy into matter (creation) and the evolution of spiritual energy from matter back to its source. The trajectory back to the “source” is made possible through the emergence of the human race choosing to evolve further through spiritual transformation by adopting God’s tenets to their hearts, minds and lives. On this grand scale of causal process the completion of such a cycle represents a cosmic “heartbeat.”
Swedenborg claimed that angelic perception is different from scientific observation (and reductionism) in that it instinctively sees all things in terms of comprehensive wholes. Angels can instantaneously grasp how all things in the created universe are interrelated and unified into coherent and holistic units. These interrelated and interconnected units of circular process are observed and recorded in the biblical vision of Ezekiel as “wheels within wheels.” In fact, Swedenborg maintained that these circular units of orderly process are woven into the very fabric of God’s Holy Word!
In my new book, Proving God I have offered rational insights into how Swedenborg’s Circle of Life can ultimately unify science and theology within a lawful and scientifically plausible model (with new revelations about gravity).