The New Philosophy Vol 120 No 1-4, January-December 2017
So the question is, do we truly recognize the Lord in these words that rises beyond mere metaphor into a deeper form of symbolism that is true correspondence? This is the task here. Many people would be surprised to discover that the Bible has a great deal to say about natural ways of thinking about and perceiving reality. Itis not that the Bible is a theory of mind, but a drama that unfolds all aspectsof our thought, and how the natural ways in our thinking represent a starting point to build upon. Consequently, the natural mind is an extremely important ingredient in our spiritual growth.
I have put together a collection of powerful ideas that I believe can inform the current debate over the outrageous premise that nature did not create itself, but in fact is the product of a transcendent intelligence. That this premise might be outrageous to scientists of this day is a commentary on our times. Swedenborg warned of the insanity of naturalism 250 years ago, but his principles and method also supply the remedy for it. Increasing interest in this debate presents an opportunity for his New Philosophy to demonstrate the power of its ideas in bringing a plausible solution to this arena of confusion and conflicting beliefs. Swedenborg’s worst nightmare provides an excellent opportunity to show what theistic science can do.