Swedenborg was a “theological Galileo.”

The story most of us are taught in history class was that Galileo challenged the Roman Catholic biblical model of reality.

Actually, the story was more complicated than that. Galileo’s paradigm-changing discoveries, made through observations through a telescope, first threatened college professors in the Italian universities. It seems that these professors, attempting to preserve their sense of self-importance, succeeded in convincing the Catholic authorities that Galileo was challenging the verity of Holy Scripture.

The truth is that Galileo (and later, even Sir Isaac Newton) embraced the authority of Holy Scripture. Galileo even suggested that the stories of the Holy Bible should be interpreted metaphorically rather than literally! Also, exercising the caution of a true scientist, he advised the Catholic Church not to rush to judgment before all the new evidence from planetary observations had been accumulated. (Today, the Catholic Church is taking astronomy quite seriously and they now operate their own high-tech observatory.)

From this more detailed look at history, it is quite surprising that science chose to completely depart from any suggestions that the Bible contains inerrant truths— especially concerning natural and scientific law.

Enter scientist Emanuel Swedenborg.

Swedenborg took on an investigative journey that would offer rational evidence as to how the Sacred Word of God created all the laws and processes in the physical universe.  In fact, Swedenborg offered clues as to how to view spiritual salvation as a logical extension of evolutionary and complexity theory. Like Galileo, he argued that these profound spiritual discoveries could not be obtained from a mere literal interpretation of Holy Scripture. God’s Word, like modern superstring theory, is a multi-dimensional construct, containing deeper levels of reality!

These discoveries will help to create a new worldview that will not only unify relativity theory with quantum processes, but also unify science and theology. (The world will not be able to solve its complex human problems without such an elevated and holistic view of reality to guide their conscience.)

My award-winning book Proving God points out a rational direction for how our scientists and theologians can begin to create a new synthesis towards formulating a correct Theory of Everything! And, if they don’t respond, YOU (yes you!) can take up the slack!


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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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