There are several ways that we can be logically certain that the being called “reality” or “the universe” is sentient.
1. *We’re* sentient. Because we live in the medium known as “reality”, and because any attribute supported by a medium exists throughout the medium in the form of potential (to be objectively actualized), sentience implicitly exists in reality.
2. Despite the principle of locality – the existence of separate locales and local systems within the universe – the universe is globally consistent. The aspect of a system which reflexively enforces global consistency is necessarily globally coherent, and that which is coherently reflexive (self-active, self-referential) is, in effect, “sentient”.
3. Because, by definition, there is nothing outside of reality that is sufficiently real to recognize the existence of reality, reality must distributively recognize its own existence; every time one object interacts with another within it, the objects “recognize” each other as things with which to interact. But that means that reality is distributively self-aware.
Now, given the absolute logical certainty that the universe is sentient (self-aware) – a certainty that nobody can possibly refute, as we see from the inevitability of 1-3 above – can we characterize its “will”?
Yes. First, what is will? That function of a sentient entity which forms intent prior to actualization. So by definition, the “will” of the universe is that function which determines how the universe will configure itself “in advance” of actualization. In cosmological terms, this function is just that which determines, among other things, the laws of mathematics and physics embodied by reality.
Such a function must, after all, exist. For without it, there would be no reason, from one moment to the next, why the laws of physics should not spontaneously change into one of the infinite number of other nomologies that might have arisen. Concisely, this function is defined as that reflexive mapping which effects the nomological character and stability of reality. The “will of the universe”, AKA the “will of God”, AKA teleology, is the name of this function, which we have just concretely defined.
Does the universe “feel” its volition as do we? Well, let’s see. What the universe feels properly includes what *we* feel, plus much more (because we are merely parts of it). The universe therefore “feels” teleology far more powerfully than a mere human being “feels” an act of human will. The mechanism of its “feeling”? Well, there are a lot of those, including every human being, every animal, every plant, and every alien microbe on every planet in every star system in every galaxy in the cosmos. As you can well imagine, the impressions that get channeled to the universe through all of these “sense receptors” add up to very powerful sensations indeed.
In fact, these are the sensations that feed back to teleology to tell the universe how to self-actualize in the “optimal” way…i.e., so that it ends up with the “best feeling” possible. They have already told the universe how to configure the laws of math and physics; for more specific elements of configuration, the universe relies on US. Every decision we make, including our every act of will, we make on behalf of the universe. That’s why we should always make the very best decisions we can.
Regarding another post asserting that “the use of the phrase logical theology carries with it the implication of a sentient supernatural being with the ability to suspend the laws of physics”, this is in fact nowhere implied. As I’ve just explained, God is the supra-physical being with the power to SELECT the laws of physics for all time, and then to enforce them so that they are NEVER suspended (with due allowance for the priority of the supra-physical will of God himself over mere physical law).
Can we rule out a suspension of the laws of physics? Yes, at least under ordinary circumstances. But in doing so, we must allow for the possibility that there could be hidden laws of teloelogical origin that make other laws *appear* to be suspended. As a matter of scientific history, those who discover new laws of physics are always in the position of “magicians” until others catch up with them. The “spirit” they conjure is the greatest of them all: God.