Contents

The Rise and Fall of the Universe-Cosmos

  1. Introduction
    1.1 The purpose of this book
    1.2 Summary of the Argument
  2. Issues and Motivation
    2.1 The Issue of Human Participation in Creation
    2.2 The Motive of My Interest in Creation
  3. The Rise of the Universe-Cosmos
    3.1 The Ancient Hebrew Creation Story
    3.2 The Ancient Hebrew Universe-Cosmos
    3.3 The Greek Universe-Cosmos
    3.4 Ptolemy’s Remedies
    3.5 The Ancient Greek Creation Story
    3.6 A Comparison of Hebrew and Greek Cosmologies
  4. The Fall of the Universe-Cosmos
    4.1 Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton
    4.2 Edmond Halley and the First Evidence Against the Solid Sky
    4.3 Stellar Parallax and the Confirmation of Halley’s Evidence
    4.4 The Crab Nebula
    4.5 Conclusions
  5. The Impact of the Fall of the Universe-Cosmos
    5.1 The Impact on Belief
    5.2 The Impact on Human Identity
    5.3 Religion without a Story of Creation
    5.4 Liberation from the Illusion of the Solid Sky
  6. Making a New Start
    6.1 The Inertia of Ideas and the Tyranny of Language
    6.2 Clearing the Slate

Appendices

1. The Definition of the Term Creation
2. The Distinction of the Terms Cosmos and Universe
3. The Definition of Natural and Supernatural Revelation
4. The Definition of Natural and Supernatural Theology
5. Plato’s Creation Story
6. Community as Cosmos
7. Municipalities and Communities

About the Author

Footnotes

Index

Available at DavidCShaw.com Paperback $15.95, Ebook $2.50

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