Divine Cosmology and Causality

Once upon a time there lived a theoretical physicist named Theodore. He had become convinced that an ultimate theory of causal process could be formulated if he could understand how process could originate—and issue out from—a pre-geometric world.

Cosmologists had already hung their hats on the embarrassingly irrational premise that the universe was somehow created from nothingness. So, one moment you have a void and vacuum, the next, you have infinite energy, curvature, and heat exploding out of a Big Bang Singularity. Obviously, there is no apparent causal relationship between these two extreme states of the universe.

Teddy thought about this for a while and was suddenly struck by the religious idea that God created the world. God, who was said to exist everywhere, in some infinitely a-temporal and a-spatial state, certainly represents a dynamical principle of action in—and creative trajectory from—an a priori pre-geometric realm into a finite and ultimate material realm of spacetime.

The pre-geometrical realm, from a theological point of view, contained not nothing, but everything-ness from an Infinite and Divine Being. Teddy was struck by how the quantum world was showing itself to be more complex (superposition), expanded and non-local than a purely reductionist view of fundamental reality could continue to entertain. There were no physical analogs from which one could derive a classical idea of the quantum microworld.

He wondered what possible dynamics could exist in a realm beyond time and space. What kind of primal substance did the physical world emerge from? And what qualities did such a mysterious substance contain that would lawfully demonstrate, from an internally consistent idea, how physical nature was driven towards profound self-organization and coherent structure. Was this primal substance the stuff of intelligence and consciousness itself?

Suddenly a beautiful angel appeared before the pondering scientist!

“Hi Teddy, I am here to help you through your dilemma,” she said. “I come to you from the pre-geometric world you wish to understand.”

Teddy was at first shocked by the sudden appearance of this apparition. But then he realized that if his imagination was playing tricks, maybe it also had something important to communicate from his subconscious mind.

“How can you maintain a complex human form in a formless realm?” asked Teddy.

“God’s love is the ultimate form-creating substance of the universe. Love is the first principle of the universe and provides the non-physical complexity of ‘possibility space’ in the pre-geometric realm of heaven. Love creates everything from intelligence and consciousness to the gross materialistic forms of physical nature. My form is human because angelic love and understanding are the very essence of human form. My spiritual body is designed to perform all the desires of my heart and mind,” she said with a most wonderfully warm smile.

“How can ‘Love,’ a human emotion, be looked at as an actual substance—from a strictly scientific point of view?” asked Teddy.

“Love is not just a romantic notion,” she replied with a giggle. “Love is the underlying endeavor, which creates force in the universe. Force creates energy and the power to move some unit of mass. The movement of this mass, or trajectory, is an analog and representative of the initial endeavor. In other words, love’s endeavor modifies form and action to its own disposition so that first principles and effects correspond. The universe comes from and operates from endeavor. Endeavor is pre-thermodynamic. This universal endeavor in nature is why motion and movement is more fundamental in the universe than entropy or state of rest. Endeavor is field-like and operates beyond time and space. Again, endeavor is a manifestation of some quality of Love,” said the angel with absolute conviction.

“I find it hard to believe that Love can account for all the dynamic processes of the universe,” said the skeptical scientist.

“The essence of Love is to unite,” explained the angel. If you believe that the human heart and mind is not under the same restrictions and laws as physical matter, you will come to see that Love provides the perfect non-temporal and non-local first principle for why nature and everything in it is unified. Such profound unity requires that all process (successiveness) be oriented toward a common equilibrium (simultaneity).”

“Why doesn’t religion teach us these things? Instead, we have religious texts filled with fanciful stories. For instance, the Holy Bible would be much more effective and authoritative if it communicated the patterning principles of a top-down causal model of the universe that you seem to be describing,” said the physicist.

“Oh my, it does,” replied the angel. “But your mind has to be prepared by the Lord to distill this top-down, multi-leveled causal model from the pages of Holy Scripture—which declares that God’s Word exists in heaven (a pre-geometrical world) and created all things in nature. God’s Holy Word actually contains the universal patterning principles for the ultimate cosmological model of causal process.

Ted was absolutely stunned to hear this.


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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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2 Responses to Divine Cosmology and Causality

  1. Jim Rigney says:

    If only thegodguy understood it. He would understand the purpose of life, the purpose of the messiah. And humankind could come closer to God as individuals, families, societies, and the world.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jim,

    Do you have a problem with my attempts to unify science and theology to offset materialism?

    Please share with me your understanding! I am trying to live a heavenly life too!

    Spiritually yours,

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