Breaking The Shell: Connecting the Spiritual Cascade to the Physical with New Church Science. A Theistic Science Symposium

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Upcoming: Breaking The Shell, Connecting the Spiritual Cascade to the Physical with New Church Science. A Theistic Science Symposium presented by Swedenborg Scientific Association (host) and the Theistic Science Group. Saturday,October 12, 2019, 9AM–5PM, Pendleton Hall, Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA. Free registration requested, see below.

The SSA would like to introduce the Theistic Science Group a collaboration of New Church scientists and theologians working on a model of scientific principles based on the axiom of spiritual-natural causation. If natural things and processes are derived from spiritual causes, how can these be described in scientific terms? Using doctrines from Swedenborg’s scientific and theological works, the Theistic Science Group asks “How does spirit descend into nature, creating as it comes?” Questions of the origin of matter, divine order, in nature, and the emergence of organic forms are being addressed by the group. Their process will be reported at this first Theistic Science Symposium. See for details, updates, and registration. Housing available for a charge at the BA College. Talks will be live-streamed and put on YouTube. Contact:

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Reuben Bell, president, Swedenborg Scientific Association — Welcome

Ron Horvath, chairman, Theistic Science Group — Introduction to who and what is the Theistic Science Group, and what are we doing here?

Reuben Bell – The Emergence of Organic Forms, with Q & A

Andy Heilman – Introduction to discrete degrees in New Church Science

Ian Thompson – Enneads of Spiritual and Physical Sub-degrees

Andy Heilman and Ian Thompson – Q & A

Lunch – Lunches available for purchase at the college cafeteria. Book exhibit for review and purchase, including new releases.

Steve Smith– Puzzles and Fine-Tuning in Physics and Biology, with Q&A

Ian Thompson – A Mechanism for Spiritual Influx into the Physical (the Nexus), with Q & A

Panel Discussion moderated by Dan Synnestvedt

Ron Horvath – Summary remarks: Where are we going from here? Not just an intellectual experience; a call to action in research and observations of spirit acting into nature according to the principles discussed today.

New book releases at the symposium, highlighting: 

Intelligent Default: Using Emanuel Swedenborg’s Theistic Science To Solve Contemporary Problems In Natural Philosophy. By Reuben P. Bell, Publisher: Swedenborg Scientific Association, ISBN: 978-0-915221-54-7, Will be for sale at and

Book Expo 2016 being held on April 9, 2016

All are cordially invited to attend the second annual

Book Expo 2016

Spirituality, Science, and Swedenborgian Theory
throughout History


NEW DATE: April 9, 2016, 9am to 4:30 pm at Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA


Last April, the Bryn Athyn College hosted, in their beautiful facilities, an open-to-the-public Book Expo to celebrate and explore Science, Spirituality, and Swedenborgian Theory throughout history. Hundreds of books of a vast variety were available and speakers were engaging attendees throughout the day. The theme of that Book Expo was, via books and talks, to follow spirituality weaving through ancient history, sciences, philosophy, medicine, naturalism, abolition of slavery, child labor rights, covering new spiritual paradigms, envisioning the afterlife, Swedenborg’s works—both scientific and theological—and much more.

Watch the Expo 2015 talks on the NCAP YouTube channel.


Publishers and Sponsors:

Bryn Athyn College Press, Swedenborg Foundation, Swedenborg Scientific Association, Cole Foundation, General Church Publications, The New Christian Bible Study, and more
Books can be purchased directly at the Book Expo (as well as through the SSA Website or the Bryn Athyn Cathedral Bookstore).