There is hope, however, in the area of providing both physical and rational proof. Another option in the debate is to provide scientists with a theological model of reality that has explanatory and predictive powers.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg provided much of the elements for creating such a grand model. He claimed that the patterning principles of the universe could be teased out of the pages of God’s Holy Word.
His unique discovery was that the sacred narratives of Holy Scripture (not all the canonical Bible) contain a multi-leveled architecture. This holy scaffolding consists of three distinct levels of meaning. Each of these levels is abstracted from the one below it in a way that they all correlate and correspond.
Swedenborg claimed that Holy Scripture contains a literal (worldly) level, a psycho-spiritual level, and a divine level—one inside the other! The highest or divine level has reference to God’s activity and the providential power of advancing love and truth through lawful process.
These three levels not only match each other in a top-down (sandwiched) manner but follow the same laws of advancement (through series and process) from their beginnings to their endings. This means the design of God’s Holy Word is indeed predictive and explanatory with laws and forces that display perfect similarities on multiple horizontal levels (science describes such laws as having inner consistencies on all scales—otherwise the universe would have no coherence).
The finite human mind is not capable of creating narratives with three distinct yet corresponding levels of meaning. The degree of difficulty in this attempt is even further increased since the top two levels of Holy Scripture represent non-physical realities.
Swedenborg provided tons of evidence to show that the literal words of Holy Scripture could be translated to their equivalent meanings on higher, non-physical levels. This unexpected discovery is worth our attention and investigation.
I wrote my book, Proving God, to take you through these challenging ideas in ways that rationally unify science and theology. This knowledge is the next great paradigm-changing event of the 21st century!