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Can a scientific worldview of the emergence of psyche and mind from matter be reconciled with that of Biblical creation?
Scientists have discovered how matter originated from a cosmic Big Bang and are searching for natural processes that gave rise to psyche. For anthropologist Terrence Deacon, life emerged in three stages: thermodynamic (chaos), morphodynamic (form), and teleodnamic (telos=purpose) (1). The emergent teleological properties of the first living cell can be more or less than the sum of its interacting parts. Deacon thereby formulates a scientific worldview: consciousness and psyche emerge from the firing of our neurons but cannot be reduced to them. The emergent evolutionary process created homo sapiens who perceive the created natural world as beautiful (2). Thus, consciousness emerged from cosmos.
As the prophet Isaiah 52:7 wrote, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings. Jesus brought us this good news. “The world was made by him”(John 1: 10) because he was with the creating “Spirit of God” (Gen 1:1) in the beginning. Cosmos thus emerged from the “Word (logos) of God (John 1:1)” and Divine consciousness.
I will show how both theistic evolution (BioLogos) and the complementary beauty of science and spirit (2) can reconcile Trinitarian Biblical creation with science.
(1) Terrence W. Deacon. Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter. (W. W. Norton & Co 2011)
(2) Paul H. Carr. Beauty in Science and Spirit. (Beech River Books 2006)