Swedenborg Scientific Association

Publishers of The New Philosophy Journal

Theistic Science Symposium


Welcome and About the SSA

Dr. Rev. Reuben Bell

Theistic Science Group Introduction

Ron Horvath

Where do we go from here?

Dr. Rev. Reuben Bell

Saying “Theistic Science” and doing it are two different things. We need to know what theistic science looks like. Here is an outline of how I think it works, at least in my area of interest, which is the evolution of organic forms. I am proposing the concept of Intelligent Default, that sees organic forms as “default settings” for matter in its various configurations, under various conditions. Human Form flows in (Swedenborg called this formative substance), and matter responds according to set laws and physical constraints, producing natural images of spiritual uses. These natural laws and physical constraints are none other than the Creator Himself, accommodated to the conditions of the natural world.

Conservation is Perpetual Creation:

A presentation on how to see the spiritual in the natural

Rev. Andy Heilman

That the universe, with each thing and all things of it, was created from the Divine love by means of the Divine wisdom can be confirmed by all things submitted to sight in the world. Select any particular object and examine it with some wisdom, and you will be convinced. Take a tree, or its seed, its fruit, its flower, or its leaf, gather up the wisdom that is in you, examine the object with a good microscope, and you will see wonderful things; while the interiors that you do not see are still more wonderful. Moreover, if you are willing to go far enough in spiritual thought, will you not see also that this power is not from the seed, nor from the sun of the world, which is pure fire, but is in the seed from God the Creator, whose wisdom is infinite; and in it not only at the moment it was created, but continually afterwards? For conservation is perpetual creation, as subsistence is perpetual existence [or coming forth].

Enneads of Spiritual and Physical Sub-degrees

From Triads to Enneads-Use … and connecting with modern physics. Love-Wisdom-Use

  • A common pattern of influx
  • It can be seen in many places, spiritual & natural:
    • Spirit, mind and nature.
    • Celestial, Spiritual and Spiritual-natural heavens – in spiritual.
    • Loving, thinking, and acting – in mind (mental)
    • Principles, causes and events – in natural physics.
  • Each of these has love-wisdom-use within itself
  • DLW 79: “Divine is the same in things greatest and least”. Each reacts according to its nature

Q & A with Dr. Thompson and Rev. Heilman

Ian Thompson, PhD
Rev. Andy Heilman

Protein Synthesis and “Fine Tuning”:

Paradigms for the Discrete Degrees of Divine Influx

Dr. Stephen Smith

“Understanding the spiritual cascade of discrete degrees behind the physical degree of life may be a framework that is useful to be]er understand what is still unknown about protein structure, function and synthesis” -Ian Thompson, PhD

Q&A Panel and Closing Statements

Dan Synnestvedt, Ph.D.

The New Philosophy

The journal of the
Swedenborg Scientific Association

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The journal publishes articles addressing philosophical questions and topics that bear on the scientific, philosophical, and theological works of Swedenborg.

Includes book reviews, and a Notes & Comments department. Triennial index.

Editor: Reuben Bell


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