Thursday, June 9, 2011

Science Fiction and Biblical Horizons Theology--A Start

Psalms 19:14

You are far too kind.

I will attempt something this AM, and then think on your post today at work.

The first thing that comes to mind is world-building. This seems to be something that SF has in common with BH/theology. For instance, in 'Through New Eyes' we see that men,under God, have built a series of world modelling buildings to go with the words that have been given them. JBJ has said that the words to the tabernacle are the Decalogue, the words to the Temple are the Psalms. The arrangement of the prophets, especially The Twelve (not arragned chronologically) may be a retuning also.

So, world-building. There are books, Poul Anderson has written something such as this, on how to build a world.

Second, Anselm. Some SF guys say that 'the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can possibly imagine'.

Third, comprehensivity. From the Big Bang to the Heat Death, SF is set in the total universe, SF writers think. They attempt it. Creation to Consummation is better, with glorification.

Fourth, Psalmodic Response. We followers of the Way, respond to His words, of course, all of them. SF writers attempt something similar with nature. We have the true 3-decker creation. One good difference, bringing in ERH and Galileo, is that while Galileo says that the language of science is mathematics, ERH shows us that the heaven above are about names, the earth beneath about words, and the waters under the earth are about numbers--God claims them all, from before Day One to the name for each of us that only He knows, that we grow up to be.

Fifth, sense of wonder. There is more. Coast to Coast AM, I have said, is more about 'news' than the news, for that reason. Reverence is Goedelian.

Sixth, ERH's four fronts as psalmodic response buildings. This is best set out in a couple lectures before the end of Universal History 1954. We can compare them to the 4 of the tabernacle, too. For instance, the tribes are in: dancing green (marriage), out: warpath, forward: altar, back: totem pole (portable grave). This morphs into the empires: in (economy or consanguinous intermarriage, I believe), out: fortresses, forward: the little marketplace that there is, and back: settlement time (?; this I need to look up). One can compare this to the morphing of the Tabernacle to the Temple. ERH gets very wonderful when he speaks of the next era from this one, and his cross of reality is a torn-ness ever-present to Christians, and to those of us on the cusp of change and being changed

There is more. I will attempt to reply psalmodically to your other questions, for writing tonight ('in English' as a wise one has asked me concerning an expansion and articulation of the commissioning part of the 5 Cs of covenant renewal worship).

The Lord be with you.

Love in King Jesus,


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