Rational Scientific Theories from Theism

Parapsychology and Miracles

Within this theistic framework, all physical processes are the successive products of prior spiritual and psychical processes, and we might therefore expect very many parapsychological phenomena to occur, even many miraculous events. (Miracles are just those normal sequences of the discrete-degree processes, just happening more quickly than usual.) 

However, there are several reasons why the world does not work like this. 

  1. The first reason is that all processes at all degrees are conditional on the previous events in those degrees. This is a fundamental feature of all immanent Divine operation, and means that events are not arbitrary, but follow orderly patterns. 
  2. Secondly, the prior degrees are just those processes which constitute peoples thoughts and lives, so all operations are to some extent the result of conscious decisions rather than 'blind laws' which can be exploited regardless of the good or bad aims.
  3. Finally, Swedenborg tells us that nowadays, miracles are deliberately kept from our public view, so as not to force rational thought. They occur still in many interior degrees, but 'external miracles' only now occur when they can be interpreted in many ways. (It seems to be a history of parapsychology, that quests for definitive and forceful demonstrations make the phenomena retreat). We are supposed to freely and rationally understand the (possible) operation of God in the world.
www.TheisticScience.org Author: Ian J. Thompson, Email: IanT at TheisticScience.org