New Studies in Finite Monotheism Updated: My latest Critical Comments

Dr. Craig to the class: “Let us make the sign of the lawn mower, brethren: for here we mow down religion.”

And now, back to my philosophical quest.

Strangely (at first), nature seems to come with a kind of built-in duality, both at the most basic levels and at the “macroscopic,” or large-scale levels of magnitude.  One of our galaxies bears the descriptor of a “double torus,” while at the lowest levels, DNA looks just as dualistic with its “double helix,” or “symmetrical upward-winding staircase” of proteins that make up people and animals.  A “torus” names a kind of cylinder that forms a circle, like a slinky uncoiled, whose ends one forces together in a ring. A double torus, would look like one of the ringed coils atop of another.

Many of our galaxies form (or will form in the future — contents are still settling) a kind of torus shape. Some have estimated that around 51 or so of our (so far) 191 (Doubtless more will attend our future) galaxies.  My study of the persistent “dualities” of the natural world (at the foundational level, and the largest-scale) have led me to form some new ideas I am now exploring.

First, the “highest reasonable” number, one with any number higher having no reference or practical value in the real world, combines the numbers 8 (DNA) and 10 (your fingers/ toes), the two most basic and profitable.  That number is one “octillion.”   Bases 8 and 10 form the “most natural” numbers of greatest use and profit. Any higher number waxes utterly irrelevant.  This is a billion (x) billion (x) billion.

Second, I have derived a plausible account of the cosmos.  “God is not large,” said Blaise Pascal,” He is but a point, that moves infinitely fast, so that He is everywhere at once.”  I believe that God, being finite, was originally 2 supreme beings. To explain the way the real world actually situates and operates, one (I will argue) will need monotheism and duality.  This also explain both love, as having an origin in God (the two), and wisdom and understanding (the light of nature) as the result of love.  Why two?

  1.   This seems required by the nature of love, which requires both a subject (lover) and an object (beloved).  It has to be both given and received.
  2. Ockham’s razor — or what we call the principle of economy — say that what is unnecessary we must “shave off,” which leaves necessity as the primary “cause” of life, and also the cause of 2 supreme beings, since love requires it.
  3. So does wisdom.  It is necessarily INTER-personal, or social.  Very little wisdom obtains in isolation from society.  One of its (wisdom’s) characteristics shows itself by its influence on others and its profitability (which only shows up in economies or markets — social constructions).

With no material world yet in existence, they could both still learn at a blistering pace — super (hyper) quickly — but only by their imaginations.  They could have, after determining the nature of logic and thought, worked through all possible worlds, and their total sets of implicates.  As each worked (together with the other) to narrow down the possibilities, they drew closer and closer to a state of “pure mind,” truly and totally complete accuracy.  This brought them progressively together.  When they converged upon the “right answer,” this universe, they collapsed into one unity, in a sudden moment of great insight, and begat all things.

The material world was thus created from the divine love of wisdom and understanding.  This resulted in the wisdom of love and its unity.

Their divine, rational imagination created the universe, when these two points “Fused.”   Fusion created all things, and this unified, super-intelligent (and ultra-fast) “point,” catalyzed, by their combined energies (and intelligences), causing what we now call the Big Bang — a matter-energy surge extreme.

This was an absolute leap forward in the progress of all.  And this implied further the progress of creation — of stars, solar systems, formation of galaxies, creation of oceanic life (eventually) and of animal life.

Once the creation-event exploded into existence, God (the One, or the Two united) pervaded the whole of it, and expanded (and continues to expand) with it, growing in his knowledge and wisdom along with its expansion.  One might call this “transcendent duo-panentheism.”  But it also remain a form of “finite monotheism.”

Here, the creation of humans amounted to an invitation to join His family.  It was an act of love, and a call to pursue the forever-wisdom-quest — along with God. The most interesting question I am pursuing at this point is this:  How planned, or else (somewhat) spontaneous and unplanned, was the creation event?  If two supreme Persons in fact merged, the act might simply have been one of love more than any design, and it may have cause an unexpected birth — a permanent fusion of two deities (like male and female) into One at the same moment the cosmos burst forth.  This may be a bit too anthropomorphic, but it seems to me that it has far better explanatory power than the other option here specified.

On this account, God was born with the universe, and grows with it (as it expands and matures), though He transcended it earlier  — but only in more primitive, dual form.  Something like this was affirmed by Dr. Einstein — namely the idea that God was born with the cosmos.

This account displays before creation the following principles of nature’s light:

  1. The principle of economy
  2. The principle of reflexive judgment (symmetry)
  3. The principle of progress
  4. The principle of charity
  5. The principle of priority (wisdom first, then love)
  6. The principle of uniformity  (The TWO had to share some traits in common, like necessity and life)

This would indicate that these principles represent (natural) traits of both the TWO, and consequently (post-creation) the One.

In any case, I continue my quest for the GU (meta) T, as an account that explains the real world, its origin, and Creator, and the best one might make of it from what is known to philosophy, history and science, and the other disciplines of the academy.  I shall post those details here if Providence permits.


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