The world is in need of a more enlightened view of what love is.
The strategy I will use for unifying science and religion in my next book, “Proving God,” is to make a new ontological pronouncement about love. Love is not simply an emotion shared between two people. It is more than romance. It is the universal creative force that brings into existence and unifies all things. It is the key to understanding the mysterious nature of agency in the world. It is the ultimate substance of the universe.
The definition I use to define substance is an essence that generates form.
Love would therefore be a topic of hard science if we could show that it generates form (and bring God into the equation of generating measurement outcomes and specific position states in time and space). Modern science even offers some interesting clues that this might be the case.
Quantum theory tells us that everything is connected (quantum entanglement and non-locality). Quantum theory also suggests that primary reality consists of “tendencies to exist.” Substance in the quantum microworld is purely a dispositional property.
Love is dispositional as well. Love constantly seeks to express itself, that is, take form in some concrete action.
The mystery to be solved in quantum physics is how does a quantum event lead to matter’s ability to cohere into stable and evermore complex forms. What kind of disposition would be lawfully driven towards specific position states that lead to profound self-organization? The most popular view of quantum mechanics (the Copenhagen interpretation) describes fundamental reality as consisting of irreducible chance. But irreducible chance offers us a poor first principle for explaining nature’s incessant compulsion towards complex systems, unity, and order. In fact, quantum physics is not a theory of principles at all. It is a theory still seeking a foundational principle. How can science say that the microworld consists of both the dynamics of nonseparability (unity) and a probabilistic froth (randomness)?
There is no way to correlate “chance” with the time-irreversible process of quantum potentials taking profound form in the complicated systems of the macroworld. There is no way for randomness to create a finely tuned universe (unless the dice is loaded).
Love, however, DOES have a correlation with complexity and organization when we contemplate that all organized process portrays relational holism and cooperation among its myriad operations. So science needs to find a first causal principle that correlates with, and can generate bio-complexity and intelligent beings. This requires a living first principle that has its domain outside time and space.
God is Infinite love, Infinite wisdom, and Infinite Life. Because the Lord God lives, the universe is not just mathematical but volitional. It is striving to become more unified as it becomes more diversified. The unified complexity of the natural world emerges out of God’s inexhaustible complexity of Love seeking concrete form (measurement outcomes) in time and space.
We can each see in our own lives that what we love, focuses our attention, shapes our memory, and ultimately determines who we are. Love provides the non-physical key to the nature of agency in the universe.