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Cosmology and Creation : The Spiritual Significance of Contemporary Cosmology - Paul Brockelman

Cosmology and Creation

The Spiritual Significance of Contemporary Cosmology

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780195119909
Number Of Pages: 208

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Many people have observed that the "new cosmology" seems to have an affinity to, or at least room for, a religious understanding of reality. Why is this so, and what does it mean for contemporary spirituality? In this book Paul Brockleman argues that the new scientific cosmology also functions as a religious creation story, or "cosmogony". Traditional creation mythologies, he says, are stories which make available to a particular culture a vision of an ultimately meaningful sacred reality; they show precisely how all of creation (including ourselves) emerges from and is situated within that reality. This understanding can provide the basis for a comprehensive guide to living. Although quite different from earlier creation myths, says Brockleman, the new cosmology is indeed an evolutionary story spanning over twelve to fifteen billion years. This evolutionary story directly parallels the nature, characteristics, and stages involved in the traditional stories: It is an all-inclusive and deep vision of all creation which, like the earlier myths, reveals both a sense of what reality is all about and what the human role and destiny is within it. It stirs feelings of reverence and wonder as well as a sense of gratitude that we are part of the cosmic drama. And it teaches us to be more humble in the face of such an immense reality. Whether and how it is possible to recover a living sense of ultimate Mystery in view of the alleged demystification of the universe by modern science is the great challenge to religion in our time. Paul Brockleman shows that a profound sense of wonder and awe is inseparable from our new understanding of our universe - of its great age, its immensity, and its astonishing complexity. He concludes that this understanding can and will lead to actual transformation in people's lives - changes not only in how they see life, but how they live out their lives in the light of that vision.

"Posing big questions about ultimate reality, Brockelman's nondenominational approach widens this work's appeal to philosophically minded readers."--Booklist

Prefacep. ix
Introduction the Unfurnished Eyep. 3
This Side of Paradise Creation Mythologyp. 17
The New Cosmologyp. 41
Wonder and the Miracle of Beingp. 65
The Transcendence of God in Naturep. 81
But Does God Exist? 5p. 97
Conclusionp. 113
Lavita Nuova (life Tranformed)p. 115
Here's the Storyp. 141
Within Sight of the Promised Landp. 153
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780195119909
ISBN-10: 0195119908
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39