The Fifth Dimension: the Dream-State Reality of a Greater Being
I was looking into some of my responses to Student Philosophy of Religion essays of about 2005. The students had already left for the semester, so I could not give them my response. On one of them by a student called Santos I wrote:
This is a very interesting exploration of the fifth dimension: the dream-state reality in the mind of a greater being. St. Paul quoted the Greek philosophers: “For in [God] we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) And in the Gospel of John, we read, “God is spirit; and those who worship [God] must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) That gets to Hegel’s philosophy of the spirit. Could “spirit” be the concrete thought of God and as our thoughts are abstract and reflect and affect reality, while God’s concrete spirit is reality?
Footnote from December 31, 2012: Thinking about Plato’s Cave, my son Mark noted that the way our shadows are projected by the physical person, our physical persons themselves are projected by a Being even greater. I responded with Bishop Berkeley’s “Being is perception”. The fact that we do not stop existing when humans do not perceive us is that we remain perceived in the eyes of God. But that perception could be our very life and the source of our being. The Spirit of God could be creating us out of the fifth dimension, if time is considered the fourth.