As noted, a key Biblcal name of God
Self-identified at The 'Burning Bush' saga
c. 1250 BCE exodus from Egypt
- Book of Exodus [ Shemot ] 3:14 is -
(in the Biblical hebrew) Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh


And, if the Divine
is the God of Potential
then THEODICY ( the problem of evil )
and THEOGONY ( the origins of the Divine )
both fall into place philosophically

See Summa I: God and Evil: Religious Man
for elucidation

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

excerpt from    
God and Evil  (Summa Metaphysica I)
KTAV Publishing, NJ  1988,
from section 100.00: The Epicenter of the Divine,  pps: 66-67  


Holy Divine Potential.....
the infinite Divine blaze leapt forth...."

Independent of time, matter, and energy, and indeed, independent of a universe, existed Holy Divine Potential—the primordial Divine. At the eternal origins of out-of-time: Holy Potential within potential within potential ad infinitum—tracking to the forward edges of time.

At the embryonic stage of holiness, deep in the womb of nothingness, deep at the core of out-of-time, hinged on an indefinable and infinite circularity, there was an ascending holy metaphysical fire: Yearning, imploring, calling forth into the void.

[The concept of a primordial Divine has clear and direct precedent in the concept of the En Sof of Kabbalah.]

Traversing the Bridge
And as nature abhors a vacuum, Holy Potential abhors nothingness. This is a cosmic axiom.

Simultaneous with the eternal origins of out-of-time, an equilibrium of nothingness was thrown into disequilibrium by its own Holy Potential. Exploding and imploding. Echoing through this day and racing towards infinite time, Holy Potential screamed forth.

Flowing from the Essence of the Divine, the infinite holy potential of the Divine demanded more expression. Among these elements were the potentials for creation of the universe, and within the latter the potentials for man to quest for his spiritual potentia1, as well as others, including mercy, love, truth, justice, beauty, and harmony. The holy potential core of the Divine demanded more than just potentia1. For the potentialities of Divine creation are inherent in the eternal Divine origins and in the Divine Essence itself.

At the eye of the primal cosmic storm, warping from out-of-time towards time, unzipping the cosmic void into positives and negatives, the infinite Divine blaze leapt forth. A creative supraconscious dynamic, transcending time, space, and eternity. Focusing its holy metaphysical force. Genesis.

and God divided the light from the darkness.
—Genesis 1:4

A holy dynamic flows forth through this day, tracing its origins to the inner core of the Divine. Beneath the eddies and swirls at the surface of the cosmic stream, beneath the deep and powerful major cosmic currents, from out of the epicenter of the holy, flows the deepest primal current—questing, beseeching, and indeed, screaming—for ultimate potentiality.





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Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC


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Summa Metaphysica I




David Birnbaum’s God and Evil is a major philosophical study which systematically confronts the philosophical problem of evil, and the Holocaust in particular...

Summa Metaphysica I: God and Evil: Religious Man (1988) is the first of three books in Birnbaum’s landmark three-volume Summa Metaphysica series crafted over a twenty-six year period...

In Book #1 of the series, Birnbaum introduces the concepts of Quest for Potential (Q4P), as well as God of Potential...

According to Birnbaum’s paradigm, Quest for Potential∞ drives Man and God/god and the Cosmos. Potential is the nexus. God of Potential is juxtaposed against Man of Autonomy-Freedom-Potential...

Combining modern and classic, rationalist and mystic themes...

The Summa series reshapes the contours of metaphysics, philosophy, and theology.





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excerpts from
God and Evil (Summa Metaphysica I)
KTAV Publishing, NJ, 1988,
from section 300:00: The Underlying Dynamic
pps. 78-82



Holy quest for potential is the underlying core dynamic of the cosmic order.

Holy quest for potential—our parallel to the kabbalistic En Sof—is the “primal scream” of the cosmos...

Holy Potential, emanating through and from the Divine essence, radiates through the universe—questing, pulsating, exploding, reaching, energizing, expanding, in time and out-of-time...

It is at the core of the holy/natural drive of the cosmos. It is the primal engine of cosmic existence.


The Genesis Point: From there on through this day the majesty of creation seeks its maximal potential.

Life is daring. The cosmos strives not just for survival; it quests for its maximal potential...

Long before Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man, God grasped life from out of the void and created fire and man.


The universe seeks its maximum and optimal potential—inexorably. For this, we postulate, is its raison d’être.


“Holy Potentiality” is a thoroughly overarching dynamic, emanating from the infinitely holy through creation to the far reaches of the cosmic order. Soloveitchik notes: “He is the Lord of the hosts, who resides in every infinitessimal particle of creation and the whole universe is replete with His glory.”


At the Genesis Point, a Divine spark leapt forth. The spark initiates a cycle of becoming, creation, and rebirth. It is the core of this spiritual blaze of potentiality whose ultimate perfect achievement is a primal cosmic end. It is this transcendental flame which directly continues the spark of Life which the Divine infused through Primal Man.


The cosmic thrust for potential is man-centered. Within this constraint, the cosmos seeks its own perfection. The quests for spirituality and perfection, and the attendant quests for freedom, harmony, and beauty find their source in the metaphysical spark which actualized the cosmos. It was the origin of this quest of quests which bridged the gap from “nothingness” to “Somethingness.”



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pegging-off of Summa I  section 400.20

Updated focus on the 0-point  


So, why is there Evil at all?


I form the light, and create darkness;
I make peace, and create evil; I am the Lord,
Who has made all these things.

- Isaiah 45:5


Evil has its source in the good.

- Augustine



At eternal origins, there was just the 0-point.

At some point
Potential split 0 into -

Positives and Negatives,
Pluses and Minuses,
Good and Evil

To ignite a universe,
one must split 0

And if one splits 0,
there will thus of necessity
be Evil
in the mix

There would apparently
simply be no way
to create or update the universe
with no Evil in it; else that
would have been The Plan.

Do you insist on No Evil?
Then, No universe.

Do you wish a  universe?
Then Evil will
be an actor.


The concept of the primordial 0 being split into PLUSES and MINUSES has resonance, whether from esoteric ancient strains, through Summa Metaphysica I (1988), and then through contemporary (21st Century) Quantum Mechanics.

See "IT from BIT" (1990) theoretical physics hypothesis of Princeton’s iconic John Wheeler (1911-2008), and developed via his intellectual heir, MIT's Quantum guru Seth Lloyd. See, in particular, Lloyd's (seminal) Programming the Universe, 2006, Knopf. See in further focus Lloyd's Chapter 3: The Computational Universe (subsection: The Story of the Universe).  


So, in 2006 Lloyd's quantum mechanics 21st Century physics fortuitously makes an appearance just after Summa Metaphysica II (2005) and Summa Metaphysica I (1988); his work buttress aspects of Potentialsm Theory's metaphysics (theodicy and Eternal Origins components), which, in turn provides philosophical buttress for aspects of the God of Israel handed-down by Moses at Sinai (c.1250 BCE).   


 more theological texture 

The midrash (Jewish exegesis, parable and lore)
has the (omnipotent) Divine
weeping over Evil

Thus, a Divine not quite "omnipotent"
and not quite
impervious to Evil & suffering 







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One Proposed Working Hypothesis

Potentialism Theory hypothesizes that if we introduce one (conceptualized) metaphysical concept - Quest for Potential∞ - as the eternal 'driver' of the Cosmic Order, then entire inter-related clusters of hitherto unresolved issues across science, religion, metaphysics and philosophy - including (but not limited to) cosmology, cosmogony, theogony, theodicy, teleology and evolutionary biology - are all simultaniously lanced.

The fusion of my Potentialism Theory - with MIT LLoyd's (information communication & computation) quantum mechanics - provides a quite-powerful proposition: A seamless A-Z metaphysics/physics/cosmology. Sort of what many people have been seeking for a long time.

A well-vetted and quite-possibly correct simultaneous solution - a fully integrated,all-embracing metaphysics / new paradigm - is perhaps something worth evaluating. One concept (Quest for Potential∞) resolving conundrums across a dozen+ fields? If essentially on the mark, it would indeed transform the world as we know it.

That is what SummaMetaphysica/Potentialism has proposed - starting with the focus on theodicy in Summa I: God and Evil in 1988.

All data-points vector towards the theory being correct. After 28+ years of public vetting, not a single flaw has been discerned in it. And as we know from 7th grade mathematics, elegant possible simultaneous solutions inevitably have a way of turning out to be correct.

Potentialism proposes that our universe indeed has a direction (Quest for Potential∞). Advocates of an aimless and random universe have been having a public nervous breakdown over the theory since God and Evil (Summa I) was published by KTAV twenty-eight years - and six printings - ago in 1988.

Potentialism Theory is, as well, simple yet powerful (i.e. infinitely nested). And indeed, to add irony to the potentially pivotal theory, its proposed key to the cosmic code - Quest for Potential∞ - has always been 'hiding in plain sight'.

The theory can be viewed through a religious lens (see Summa Metaphysica I: God and Evil); a spiritual lens (see Summa Metaphysica II: God and Good) or a secular lens (see Summa Metaphysica III: The Transcendent Dynamic).

The theory shatters various 'idols' along the way. The world is not flat, nor is the universe random - by any means. The universe may be far more dynamic and fully-integrated than hitherto suspected, to put matters mildly.

Various entrenched 'priesthoods' - whether in academe or otherwise - will diss any truly threatening paradigm - and will fight rearguard battles, sometimes vicious ones, to protect their power prerogatives. But these reactionary efforts against a formidable new paradigm will ultimately fail.

The Random Universe formulation is simply old-fashioned fundamentalist and strident hard-line Atheism masked as science.

The 14th-16th Century Vatican persecuting theorists for propounding helio-centrism, is now replaced by a hard-line Randomnist hierarchy in England (globally) undermining the careers of directional-universe theoreticians.

A zealous religious Inquisition is replaced by a zealous antireligious inquisition;
Bogus Middle Ages Church doctrine is replaced by bogus 21st Century hard-line Random Universe doctrine.

In each case, too much power leading directly to ruinous and implacable hard-line doctrine - and from thence onto destruction of truth and lives.

Ultimately, the most powerful currency prevails in commerce, and the most powerful ideas/concepts prevail in the history of ideas. Thomas S. Kuhn discussed the fierce institutional resistance faced by paradigm challenges. See his 1962 classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

One can argue that my little Harvard degree is not in philosophy - or one can look at the overwhelming evidence behind the proposition - and 'listen to the music'.

I invite you to examine the hypothesis and expand your minds and your souls.




David B.



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