Last night I watched a TV special on the “creation of the universe” according to Stephen Hawking. The major point made in this discussion is that scientists can find answers to the mysteries of creation because the physical universe is knowable and intelligible—since it operates by rational and mathematical laws.
Stephen Hawking has recently gotten into the news by reinforcing the scientific notion that God is simply not necessary for creating the physical world. All it takes is a little cosmic “luck” at certain critical periods of the cosmic process and gravity will do the rest.
But if the world is so intelligible, then why is its beginning so illogical? The best that today’s physicists can do is say that the entire universe “popped out” of nothing. It is quite illogical (and insane) to believe that “nothingness” is a causal agent!
Physical science only studies physical things, so, the true beginning of the world—before time and space—is outside its investigative reach.
Religious doctrine, whether you believe in a Divine Creator or not, indeed promotes the idea of the universe as having being created from an invisible and non-material realm (the spiritual world). Unfortunately, religion provides no causal laws that would help the human intellect to rationally judge such concepts. For instance, how can anything exist and act (especially first causal principles) outside of time and space?
However, without knowing the first causal principles of the universe one can easily make mistakes in interpreting the visible after-affects of creation.
Enter scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. After studying his vast writings for over 35 years, I believe he had succeeded in offering a rational model of the causal connections between the natural and spiritual worlds.
I have put Swedenborg’s amazing ideas into a book, Proving God. The book not only offers rational evidence for a Divine Architect, it offers evidence for a loving, personal God.
Don’t let Stephen Hawking fool you when he says that luck and gravity produced the structure of our universe. Physicists admit that the concept of gravitational order (the thermodynamics of gravitating systems) by which structure can spontaneously emerge (self-organization) throughout the universe is still not understood. Swedenborg offered a broader model of gravitational order, which operated not only to create structure in the physical world, but also to give coherent structure to the ideas of our non-physical mind and spirit. This mental structure determines and represents how well we each understand various things and ultimately live our lives.
Such universal knowledge can have profound relevance for each of us in understanding “self,” where we came from, and why we are here.