Contents

The Rise And Fall
Of The Traditional Theories Of Creation
And Community The Divine Idea Of Creation

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Introduction
1.1 The Purpose of this Essay ………………………… 7
1.2 Summary of the Argument ……………………… 9

2. Issues and Motivation
2.1 The Issue of Human Participation in
Creation ……………………………………………………………. 11
2.2 The Motive for Our Interest in Creation  12

3. The Rise of the Traditional Theories of Creation
3.1 The Ancient Hebrew Creation Story ……. 13
3.2 The Ancient Hebrew Universe ………………. 14
3.3 The Ancient Greek Universe ………………….. 18
3.4 Plato’s Creation Story ……………………………… 21
3.5 A Comparison of Hebrew and Greek
Cosmologies … …………………………………………………. 22
3.6 Astronomer Claudius Ptolemy ………………. 23

4. The Fall of the Traditional Theories of Creation
4.1 Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton 25
4.2 Edmond Halley and the First Evidence
Against the Solid Sky ………………………………………. 27
4.3 Stellar Parallax and the Confirmation of
Halley’s Evidence ……………………………………………. 28
4.4 The Crab Nebula ………………………………………. 32
4.5 Conclusions ………………………………………………. 33

5. The Impact of the Fall of the Traditional
Theories of Creation
5.1 The Impact on Belief ………………………,,,……. 35
5.2 The Impact on Human Identity ……….,,…. 36
5.3 Religion Without a Story of Creation …. 37
5.4 Liberation from the Illusion of the
Solid Sky ………………………………………,,,,…………….. 38

6. Making a New Start
6.1 The Inertia of Ideas and the Tyranny of
Language ………………………………………………,,,…… 40
6.2 Clearing the Slate …………………………….,…. 40
6.3 Community as Cosmos ……………………….. 43
6.4 Municipalities and Communities……….. 45
6.5 Homeowner Associations ………………….. 48

Appendices
1. The Definition of the Term Creation …… 52
2. The Distinction between the Terms Cosmos
and Universe ……………………………………………….. 52
3. The Definition of Natural & Supernatural
Revelation ……………………………………………………. 53
4. The Definition of Natural & Supernatural
Theology ……………………………………………………… 54
5. A Summary of Plato’s Creation Story …. 55

About the Author ………………………………………. 58
Footnotes ……………………………………………………. 59
Index …………………………………………………………….. 63

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