Theistic Science

Meeting every Monday at 2:30 pm.

You may have noticed that the relationship between science and religion is not very cordial. These two fields of human endeavor are constantly criticizing each other, and attitudes on both sides seem to become more and more belligerent. This hostility has been going on for centuries.
Hundreds of years ago, when religious authorities ruled the roost, they treated the early practitioners of science shamefully. Recall the story of Galileo, for example. As time went on, science advanced and religion retreated until we arrived at the present state in which science has gained the ascendancy. Now our government spends billions of dollars annually to support all kinds of science projects but nothing for religion. Our public schools are loaded with science classes while religion is excluded. In the eyes of many, the science/religion war is over and science won.
But there is much more to the story. The standard orthodox science of today has plenty of problems of its own. It is unable to deal with such important matters as questions of purpose, of good and evil, or even of ordinary consciousness. It is unable to account for experimental outcomes being influenced by the presence of an observer. It is in urgent need of being totally revised, and some thoughtful modern scientists are urging their colleagues to find ways in which they can co-exist with the acknowledgement of God.
This is a situation in which Swedenborg and the teachings of the new church can make an enormous contribution. Some modern scientific scholars have delved deeply into the works of the Swedish seer and found ways to blend science and religion into a beautiful unified system of truth. I will mention by name just three of them: Ian Thompson, a quantum physicist; Leon James, a psychologist; Reuben Bell, a biologist, physician and theologian. They all have made great strides in achieving a new kind of science that is known as Theistic Science.
Our church congregation has a recently-formed group of people who are interested in this new approach to science. We are starting in a gentle way, hoping to deepen our understanding of both the natural world and the Writings of the new church. All interested parties are invited to join with us.