Applying David Bohm’s physics to Bible interpretation

David Bohm, a disciple of Albert Einstein, put forth a theory that nature becomes more complex as you get closer to its fundamental origins. In simple terms, within the ratios of large units of coherent and whole phenomena you had smaller units of phenomena containing ratios of ratio. This notion of a “sandwiched” reality (called implicate order) goes against the long held reductionist idea that reality gets simpler on its most fundamental level.

Bohm’s physics allows a rational approach to including God (as a hidden variable) in the equation of ultimate reality. (Indigenous cultures, like the American Indians embrace Bohm’s approach to reality over other modern views.)

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg held a similar view to Bohm’s that complexity increased in nature’s interiors. Even more intriguing, he applied this thinking to describe deeper structures and neural substrates within the human brain (to explain the higher functions of reasoning and abstraction) as well as discover a multi-leveled architecture (implicate orders) existing deep within the Bible narratives.

In other words, the ubiquitous order and constant laws of nature are expressed in brain structure, human mental functions and even in Divine things such as the unfolding of God’s Holy Word. So, religious faith and science could be rationally unified.

All ideas contain ratios. Deeper ideas (abstraction and higher meaning) contain ratios of ratio. The Bible also contains ratios of ratio within its stories. Swedenborg provided ponderous evidence that Holy Scripture offered the grand template for the rules of all orderly process on all scales—physical, mental and divine (the last two scales are non-material). The ”spacetime” events described by the literal interpretation of the Bible narratives contain deeper, non-physical messages (again, ratios of ratio).

Furthermore, Swedenborg claimed that these new biblical and heavenly revelations of higher orders of knowledge are now slowly being made known to men and women on earth who are open to such new discoveries. This new paradigm actually constitutes the Lord’s Second Coming, whereby all things are to be made “new.”

I believe these paradigm-changing concepts of unity will become the science and theology of the future. Interested? Please check out:

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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
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