Some Clues to a New Church Science

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that one could learn the secrets of spiritual salvation (regeneration) from studying the stages of the growth of a tree.

He also claimed that one could understand the organization of the Spiritual World and God’s Heaven from studying the human anatomy and all its organic functions and relationships.

One could also form a universal and theistic model of causal process from discovering that in divine action, God first produces influx, influx produces endeavor (force), endeavor produces energy (kinetic) and energy produces a final effect or measurable outcome.

Nothing in the created world exists alone. Furthermore, nothing exists which is unconnected from the first causal principle of all things. In this century it will be discovered that this first principle is God’s infinite Love! In such a theistic formulation we will ascertain that, from love comes endeavor. From endeavor comes trajectory. From trajectory comes final form—a form that faithfully puts the original quality and disposition of that love on display. For the effect is the continuation of the cause and the cause is a continuation of the first principle (principle of agency). There is similitude and correspondence from beginning to end.

Nothing is more self-evident than that the universe is unified and that nature is in a constant endeavor towards increased self-organization (the perfection of unity through increased diversity). The essence of love is to unify.

Science and theology are one!

In fact, salvation is the extension of evolutionary science and the laws of creation into a non-physical realm through orderly abstraction—for it involves the human heart and mind being properly disposed and exalted by God’s tenets of goodness, and thus, returning to the first dynamical principles of the spiritual realm.

I explore the unity of science and theology 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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