Scientists are increasingly suspecting that the laws and forces that rule the universe, come from a non-local and non-temporal realm. This means that if the universe is rational, has order, inner consistency, coherence and orientation, the laws that have been correctly identified by scientists have a non-physical equivalence at their pre-space origins. (Otherwise the laws and forces that rule the universe have no inner consistency. If there is no inner consistency, no theoretical model or understanding of the universe can offer us a unified system.)
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Holy Word exists both beyond and before space and time. In John 1:1-3 we read that God was the Word and that all things were created from the Word. So religion also looks to a non-physical beginning.
This non-physical beginning is just as much a mystery to theologians as it is to scientists.
What interested me most about Swedenborg’s interpretation of Holy Scripture is that he discovered that its sacred infrastructure contained both doctrinal and scientific elements. What he discovered is that creation was an unfolding of spiritual realities into the constraints of space and time. So nature was a theater representing (mirroring) spiritual dynamics.
One could also reverse (back engineer) this top-down direction into the space/time arena to reclaim objective theology.
Swedenborg provided tons of evidence that the narratives within the Holy Word could be elevated to communicate non-physical meanings. For instance, the Seven-Day Creation Story could be interpreted as an allegory for the re-creation and rebirth of a person’s inner spirit. The science involved in this rarefied approach to grasping Holy Scripture is that all process, on all scales, advances through a similar seven-step trajectory—from beginning to fruition to a new beginning. (This is consistency on steroids!)
Studying the non-physical equivalence (correspondences) of scientific laws in nature and the stories of Holy Scripture will become the science and theology of the future!
My award winning book Proving God addresses this new investigative direction.