New Church men are familiar with the correspondence of the human body to the Grand Man of Heaven. (HH 59 & 63) We know the correspondences of various organs, e.g., the lungs, heart, eyes, spleen, etc., as well as their functions in the natural world. We also know of certain animals and plants that have correspondences. However, since the time of Swedenborg the biological sciences have made many discoveries. Many biochemical pathways have been elucidated to explain the chemical processes of not only organs, but cells, cellular particles, and even molecules within cellular particles.
In dealing with the problem of analyzing oral and written statements to determine their validity, my secondary school English classes seem to become unavoidably entangled in a discussion of the relation between “fact” and “truth.” Students ask, “Aren't fact and truth the same thing ?” Or “Isn't fact just a different name for truth?” Referring them to the dictionary does not settle the question completely, for there each of the terms is employed at some point in the definition of the other.
This small book is the result of the invitation of the British Broadcasting Corporation to Dr. Bonnor, Professor Bondi, and Dr. Lyttleton to present their views on cosmology over the air. The talks aroused such interest that they were rebroadcast, and the speakers were later asked to debate their viewpoints under the chairmanship of Dr. Whitrow. There is much in the book that cannot be fully grasped by the layman, but most of it is of interest, especially to those interested in Swedenborg’s cosmology.