When it comes to the Holy Grail, physicists and the New Church are in agreement

Often times when I read a popular book on the New Physics, the author/scientist will describe the unification of Einstein’s General Relativity theory with Quantum Mechanics as the “Holy Grail” of physics.

In other words, scientists are quite willing to use a metaphor as a rational and appropriate approach to explanation. In this case, the “Holy Grail” is not simply used to communicate the idea of a physical drinking cup but something corresponding to a higher level drinking cup—a psychical drinking cup.

The human mind “thirsts for truth.” The Holy Grail in scientific usage, therefore, represents something containing deeper knowledge—a deeper theory or framework about reality. What fascinates me about scientists using such a metaphor is that it is instinctive and its meaning is both rarefied and instantaneous.

Why should making an analogy between physical and mental terms ever work at all? What could these two distinct (and non-continuous) worlds have in common?

While most scientists indeed see metaphor as sloppy science, Emanuel Swedenborg offered lots of evidence that this symbolic language is quite precise. He called this language of metaphor (and allegory) the science of correspondences. This multi-leveled language is objectively scientific because it contains the same top-down patterning principles found within the causal processes and architecture of the universe—from dynamic non-local first principles to inert and measureable physical matter. Furthermore, he used this evidence to demonstrate how God’s Holy Word was written in this same multi-leveled symbolic language. For instance, the cup used by the Lord during the Last Supper represents a sharing of deeper knowledge with His Disciples.

So scientists have used this symbolic language in the same way an inspired theologian would. My book Proving God offers further insights to show how the Holy Grail for science is the same Holy Grail for theologians.


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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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4 Responses to When it comes to the Holy Grail, physicists and the New Church are in agreement

  1. Bengt de Paulis says:

    Why should making an analogy between physical and mental terms ever work at all? What could these two distinct (and non-continuous) worlds have in common?

    I disagree about the distinct…being so forever.

    Swedenborg clearly talked about a correspondence between the world of hereafter and our physical existence.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Bengt de Paulis,

    I believe you are mixing apples with pears. The blog topic above is about the amusing irony that natural scientists will instinctively make use of correspondence without knowing it. Your links were “off-topic” so I edited them out.

    And your disagreement?

    If you disagree that correspondences are distinct (forever) then you disagree with one of the main tenets of Swedenborg’s theological doctrine – that all things consist of both discrete (distinct) and continuous degrees. Continuous degrees only exist within a particular discrete degree and not between these degrees. The Lord God created the world through congruence and harmony between distinct things – not through continuous order. These distinct rungs between levels of reality are never destroyed – they only come into agreement. This includes the non-ordinary cognitive ability of spiritual perception.

    Even angels and their minds consist of distinct spiritual forms. The ability of terrestrial humans (in the past and the future) to see into heaven and create conjunction with the Lord is through harmony (correspondence). God’s influx flows down through distinct steps (Jacob’s Ladder). The human heart (will) and mind (understanding) is one’s spirit, and, has the potential to conform (correspond) to the divine order and structure of heaven! (If this re-connection with God were not through distinct levels we would be God.)

    I have written over 500 blog posts and a couple of books. I have already addressed the issues you have brought up concerning “sin,” the “Fall of Man” and the “Second Coming.” Your intentions are good but innocently misdirected.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. mitch says:

    I wonder how many degrees there are between God and physical matter. I tend to think of it as being a few, but perhaps I dont have a firm grasp on any of them to begin with. Do you think I could call degrees purposes? And would the laws of physics each be seperate degrees or are they all a part of a single plane? Hopefully after reading your book Ill have a better grasp.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Mitch,

    The answer is as complicated as the structure of the human anatomy and psychology (mind/spirit). These degrees could be called levels of “purpose” but I prefer levels of “utility” better. Let me know what you think of the book!

    Spiritually yours,

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