Unity, the Universe, & God
Last week, I began delving into my own, personal journey in relegating the concept of God with my professional training in science and engineering. As I delved more and more into the history of science, I found that many people who created the tools that modern science uses (mathematics, physics, etc.) appeared to have what I have come to refer to as a "mystic mindset".
This "mystic mindset" has close parallels to ancient conceptions of God as "Absolute Unity", synonymous with the Universe as a Whole.1 When viewed from this perspective, the Universe (as a Whole) becomes equivalent to ancient ideas of God — an ever-present Creative Principle that remains an integral aspect of Creation.
Thus, under these older, more philosophical models, the Universe (all of Reality) is equivalent to God — who is not viewed as being separate from Creation. As someone with a scientific background, I found this model utterly fascinating. Not only did it integrate God with the Universe, but it also incorporated the concept of Number through Absolute Unity.
From the information I could glean, God, the Universe, and Absolute Unity were all viewed as being identical with one another. While this model (based upon Platonic and Neoplatonic thought) was much different than the one I had grown up with, I found it unusually intriguing. For here was a model that integrated aspects of both science and religion, shifting my perspective on both without diluting either discipline.
If anything, I felt that my understanding of both science and religion had been enhanced, a topic which I will cover in greater detail through my next "Soulful Sunday" post.
As always, please share your questions, comments, and personal perspectives below.
1 More modern minds tend to use the term "universe" as a descriptor for "our universe", rather than a descriptor for totality as a whole. To help alleviate confusion, I shall use the capitalized version of this term to denote "Reality as a Whole".