19.1 Subparts as enneads
From general immanence, it follows that God is immanent in every part
of creation and in every part of each part. God must be present in every
realm that influences each part and each sub-part. God must be imaged in each thing
of love, and in each thing of thought, and in each physical thing, as well as in
the interior realms of all of these. Gods pattern is of love-wisdom-power, which
we now abbreviate as L/W/P. This pattern must be within every part, which implies
that we have 3 sub-parts each of love, of thought, and of effect. This is nine altogether.
We talk of enneads, from the Greek for nine. The function of each of the
original three spiritual, mental and physical degrees is itself further distributed
over the nine sub-degrees that must be present, three in each. Each element of the
resulting ennead has its own substance, its own quality, its own space, and its
own actions, according to the way each is an image of the divine.
There is no reason to stop there. The L/W/P pattern should be recursively applied
in all creation at all levels, giving rise to discrete degrees, sub-degrees, sub-sub-degrees,
and so on. All these discrete (sub-)degrees will have generative and selection relations
linking distinct levels. They will all be within their own spaces, in various shapes,
and they will all act by contacts within the same space or level.
This scheme of nested images of God comes about because God is the same everywhere,
at all scales in space and at all degrees and stages of generation. God is the same,
but all these things are different, so the reception varies This scheme, moreover,
is not a mechanical fragmentation of created reality. Rather, it is a source of
ideas at each level which are all qualitatively as well as quantitatively completely
distinct. The qualitative novelty that results is almost overwhelming. It is certainly
the result of the overflowing love of God. Each step of the ladder is a new world
with new dynamics. Soon we get to the end of what can be predicted a priori
in any scientific theism. In Part IV, we will use empirical
observations with a theistic science to identify some of those qualitative worlds.