by Frank L. Jordan III

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way.

Image credits are as follows: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JORDANIC DERIVISM  (di`rīv ism),  n.  a philosophy developed by American philosopher Frank L. Jordan III that has as its core principle the assertion that it was inherently necessary for the fundamental realities of the early universe (e.g., primordial chemical elements, light, gravity, and electromagnetism) to be what they intrinsically were because they derived directly from the Ultimate Reality, which is Pure Love Personified — or God — therefore forming a basic manifestation of God. Furthermore, derivism asserts that the reality behind this principle has impacted and continues to impact the development of the universe.

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Did God have any choice in creating the universe? – Albert Einstein

For me, this has always been one of Einstein’s most fascinating ponderings. Is he asking, “Did God have any choice in whether or not he created the universe?” Or is he asking, “Did God have any choice in how he created the universe?”

Both questions are incredibly profound. And although I do have some thoughts on the first one, it’s the second one that has really grabbed me for so many years. It’s that second question that has inspired me to dedicate so much of my life to apprehending the answer.

This quest has led me to some startling realizations. The universe is not simply a creation of a Supreme Being that we call God. It is more accurate to recognize the universe as a manifestation — an unfolding manifestation — of Pure Love Personified.

When the universe first came into existence with the Big Bang, it derived directly from this Pure Love. The birth of the universe was the initial basic manifestation of Pure Love Personified — or God. Therefore, the fundamental realities of that early universe (e.g., primordial chemical elements, light, gravity, and electromagnetism) had to be what they intrinsically were. It was an inherent necessity that these realities be what they were. This is the core principle on which the philosophy of derivism* is based.

The reality behind this principle has impacted and continues to impact the development and evolution of our universe in amazing ways. An understanding of the dynamics between God (Pure Love) and his/her unfolding manifestation (the universe) is chronicled in my collection of verse essays entitled ~SOUNDINGS~: Exploring the Depths of God and the Universe. This collection can be found in its entirety here at revolutionarynewphilosophy.com.

So to answer Einstein’s question “Did God have any choice in creating the universe?” I’d have to answer it with another question:

Does a musician have any choice in whether or not to use music when creating a composition?

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*The philosophy of derivism introduced in ~SOUNDINGS~ is not the religious doctrine found at the website or in the book Derivism: A New Understanding in a New Age. Each author arrived at the term derivism independently. The philosophy introduced here is specified as Jordanic derivism.