Science and the New Jerusalem

One of the amazing insights that can be gleaned from the vast works of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg is that when the Lord succeeds in creating a “New heaven and a new earth” this great event will include the unification of science and religion.

Beyond restoring the universe to divine order so that the human race can live a more angelic life based on profound love for all, the Lord God also intends that our cognitive powers become elevated as well.

While we all believe angels to be beings of great and selfless love, Swedenborg pointed out that angels also enjoy a “universal perception of things.” Putting that kind of intelligence into scientific terms means that angels possess the knowledge of what physicists would today call a “Theory of Everything.”

This universal knowledge goes far beyond unifying relativity theory and quantum mechanics. It embraces the universal patterning principles operating within all whole processes. Angels perceive all process and flux in the universe, occurring on all scales, as structured into comprehensive wholes (relational holism).

So when followers of Swedenborg’s ideas tout Helen Keller as saying that true religious life “is the science of love” they can be sure that one day there will not only be more love in the world but there will also be more people who will also understand the “science” part of love. In this way, the descent of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will have a profound effect on both the human heart and intelligence.

My book Proving God offers a unique model of this universal knowledge put into a scientific framework. It contains both explanatory and predictive qualities. This model of universal knowledge turns out to be the successive and coherent unfolding of related events within what Swedenborg calls the Circle of Life.

If you are a scientist, and not aware of Swedenborg’s scholarly contributions, my book will also address your informed concerns and skepticism. Proving God rationally explores the two major mysteries of natural science—the creation of the physical world out of nothing—and human subjective experience (consciousness). Religion exists solely to address these two important issues—personal human consciousness (through values and life choices) and the creation of the world from a non-physical origin (the spiritual realm).

I seek to elevate minds. I promise all inquisitive readers who use their noggins that this challenging book tackles these issues rationally rather than through the current dogmas of faith.

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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