Scientific god synonym

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In religio-mythology, scientific god synonym (LH:11) refers to the use of ten key physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, and engineering terms, namely: fire, heat, affinity, force, impulse, work, energy, power, kinetic energy, and potential energy, conjoined or themed with a theological term, namely: vita, life, bio, god, or creation, to make a semi-scientific sounding synonym of god, conceptualized either in a supernatural way or in an attempting-to-be, on the surface, natural way (e.g. pantheism). Many of these, historically, have been at the center of decade+, century+, or in some cases millennia+ long debates.


The following table shows the main scientific god "synonyms", categorized by type, with rows 1-10 (column 0) listing the standard science terms (shown in green), columns 1-7 (row 0) listing the standard god terms, namely: god's magic, columns 1-4 (in yellow), and god name synonyms, columns 5-7 (in purple), and each row-column intersection box being the confused god-science blended, derived, or contrived term:

0. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
God's Magic God
0. Vita
1. Fire Vital fire[1] Living fire[2]Living flame[3] Divine fire
2. Heat Vital heat[4] Living heat[5] Creative heat
3. Affinity Vital affinity[6]
4. Force Vital force[7]
Animate force[8]
Life force
Living force[9]
Bioforce Higher force[10] Divine force
5. Impulse[11] Elan vital
6. Work Curriculum vitae Creative work[12]
7. Energy Vital energy Life energy
Living energy[13]
Bioenergy Creative energy Infinite energy[14]
8. Power Vital power Living power[15][16]
Dead power[15]
Biopower Higher power[17] Infinite power
9. Kinetic energy Vis viva
10. Potential energy Vis mortua
Vitalism[18] Bioism Theism
Neo-vitalism[19] Emergent bioism / Emergentism
Reaction Abioism Synthesis Atheism

The bottom reaction row, shows the third law of motion in operation, namely: for every "action", namely the introduction of new god-science term (e.g. panbioism, higher power, or creation), there is an equal and opposite "reaction", namely the introduction of a god-free science term (e.g. abioism, atheism, and synthesis).

Another variant, seen in recent years, e.g. in new age circles, is "life force energy", aka prana, as it is called in Hindu mysticism; technically, however, "force energy" is not a scientific concept. Among these, the term "life force", has been one of the three options, along with god or spirit, in the recent global polls on "belief", finding France (2010) to have the highest disbelief (40%) in god, spirit, and life force.[21]

God synonyms | Linguistic

Historically, prior to the rise of scientific god synonyms, there have existed a number of so-called "linguistic god synonyms".[22]

Some of these can be categorized as "coded gods", such as god-to-prophet[23] rescripts, e.g. the god Nun recoded as the man Noah, or the god Osiris recoded as the prophet Moses. Another category is god rescripted into certain key "words", such as in the phrase "Lord God Almighty Amen" (typically capital letters will be employed also), which is a monotheistic coded way of referring to four or five different gods, e.g. "Lord [Yahweh] god [Elohim] Almighty [El] Amen [Amen]", the word "god" being render able into any number of different syncrestic gods, depending on time period.

Helmholtz school | Blood oath

In 1842, Humboldt University students: Ernst Brucke, Hermann Helmholtz, and Emil Reymond (and later Carl Ludwig), while working in the physiology laboratory Johannes Muller, a promoter of "vital force", "vital energy", and some dualistic neuro-energy theory, which are scientific god synonyms, signed an oath in blood, pledging that: "NO ‘other’ forces than the common physical chemical ones are active within the organism", whether in the body or in the mind.[24]
See main: Reymond-Brucke oath

In 1833, Johannes Muller, in his Manual of Human Physiology, penned while chair of anatomy and physiology at Humboldt University, systematically summed up all the dogmatic vitalism of history, surpassing his predecessors in essentials, yielding a wide influence.[25] In his second volume, he began to touch on mental phenomena:

“The ‘will’ sets in activity the nervous fibers like the keys of a piano.”
— Johannes Muller (1840), Elements of Human Physiology, Volume Two (pg. #) [25]

Herein, Muller argued that there is "something else", other than "selective affinity" (chemical force), which rules in life. Muller, moreover, later expressed the view, which he told to Richard Owen (who told this to Darwin), that life had a special "organizing energy" that controlled evolution.[26]

In 1838 to 1842, the students Ernst Brucke, Hermann Helmholtz, and Emil Reymond worked in Muller's laboratory, wherein he taught that the functions of an organism are due to a vital principle distinct from physiochemical forces. In reaction to this, the three of them, Brucke, Helmholtz, and Reymond, along with some other students (e.g. Carl Ludwig), signed the following pledge in blood:

“We pledge to put in power this truth: NO ‘other’ forces than the common physical chemical ones are active within the organism. In those cases which cannot at the time be explained by these forces one has either to find a specific way or form of their action by means of physical mathematical method, or to assume new forces equal in dignity to the chemical-physical forces inherent in matter, reducible to the force of attraction and repulsion.”
— Emil Reymond (1842), “Physical Chemical Force Oath” (co-author: Ernst Brucke); signed “in blood” by: Reymond, Brucke, Hermann Helmholtz, and Karl Ludwig

Brucke, of note, later became the medical school advisor to Sigmund Freud, who adopted this oath.


The following are related quotes:

Force is no impelling god, no entity separate from the material substratum; it is inseparable from matter, is one of its eternal indwelling properties. A force unconnected with matter, hovering loose over matter, is an utterly empty conception. In nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, in sulphur and phosphorus, their several properties have dwelt from all eternity.”
Jacob Moleschott (c.1850), Source; cited by Ludwig Buchner (1855) in Force and Matter (pg. 1)[27]

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See also


  1. (a) Johnston, Charles. (1919). “By the Mater: Isha Upanishad” (divine fire, vital fire, pg. 226), The Theosophical Quarterly, 17:219-26.
    (b) Charles Johnston – Theosophy Wiki.
  2. Living fire – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. See: George Scott (1985).
  4. Vital heat – Hmolpedia 2020.
  5. Anon. (1854). “Heresies in Modern Science” (living heat, pg. 302), The New Quarterly Review and Digest of Current Literature, 3:298-.
  6. Used by Henry Clark (1865) as opposed to "natural chemical affinity" in respect to CHON things or beings.
  7. Vital force – Hmolpedia 2020.
  8. Introduced by Leibniz (1692).
  9. Living force – Hmolpedia 2020.
  10. Kaufman, Myron. (2002). Principles of Thermodynamics (higher force, pg. 78). CRC.
  11. Impulse – Hmolpedia 2020.
  12. Examples of this are found in the Gordon Wylen (1885) and Robert Hanlon (2020) so-called "work of a creator" models of theistic thermodynamics.
  13. Living energy – Hmolpedia 2020.
  14. (a) Anon. (600). Quran (24:35). Publisher.
    (b) Dr. Khan. (2001). “Article” (pg. 26), The Muslim World League Journal, 29.
    (c) Disproofs of the existence of god (#12: Infinite energy disproof) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 See: Leibniz (1686).
  16. Living power – Hmolpedia 2020.
  17. Higher power – Hmolpedia 2020.
  18. Vitalism – Hmolpedia 2020.
  19. Neo-vitalism – Hmolpedia 2020.
  20. Panbioism – Hmolpedia 2020.
  21. (a) Anon. (2010). “Eurobarometer” (pdf), TNS Opinion, Oct.
    (b) Religion in the European Union (Religiosity) – Wikipedia.
  22. God (synonyms) –
  23. God-to-prophet – Hmolpedia 2020.
  24. Reymond-Brucke oath – Hmolpedia 2020.
  25. 25.0 25.1 (a) Muller, Johannes. (1833). Elements of Human Physiology, Volume One. Publisher.
    (b) Muller, Johannes. (1840). Elements of Human Physiology, Volume Two. Publisher, 1844.
    (c) Driesch, Hans. (1914). The History and Theory of Vitalism (translator: Charles Ogden) (§: Johannes Muller, pgs. 113-). Publisher.
  26. Humes, Edwards. (2007). Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul (pg. 115). Harper Perennial.
  27. Buchner, Ludwig. (1855). Force and Matter: Principles of the Natural Order of the Universe, with a System of Morality Based Thereon (15th German edition; 4th English edition). London: Asher and Co, 1891.
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