Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe by Brian Clegg

By Brian Clegg

Publish yr note: First released August twenty ninth 2006

According to a up to date survey, the most well-liked query approximately technological know-how from most of the people used to be: what got here earlier than the massive Bang? we know on a few point what the large Bang is, yet we don't know the way it turned the approved idea, or how we'd understand what got here earlier than. In Before the massive Bang, Brian Clegg (the seriously acclaimed writer of Upgrade Me and The God Effect) explores the heritage of this notable proposal. From the earliest production myths, via Hershel's attention that the Milky method was once one of the galaxies, to on-going debates approximately Black Holes, this can be a major examine the origins of the universe and the numerous theories that resulted in the popularity of the massive Bang. yet in vintage scientist style Clegg demanding situations the thought of the "Big Bang" itself, and increases the deep philosophical query of why we'd are looking to reconsider the beginning of the universe. this can be well known technology at its top, exploratory, arguable, and completely engrossing.

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See Pliny, Letters and Panegyricus in 22 Of the Nature of revealed Religion. of the nature and qualification of religion §8. But the Condition of Mankind being such, That it was impossible by the sole help of Natural Religion, to attain to that Felicity which was proposed by the great Creator; it had pleased the Great and Allwise God, to reveal unto us Mortals his Will; and to instruct us by what means we may obtain his Favour, and how he expects to be Worshipped by us. It is for this reason, that no body of a right Understanding ought to make the least Scruple, but, that all such Matters as God has revealed to us, in a manner surpassing our Natural Understanding, ought to be reverenced by Mankind, and to be received with a general consent and submission.

But, no body can so entirely transfer the Care of his Soul, and the Exercise of Religious Worship from himself to another Man, as to make him alone Accountable for all Miscarriages, and to free himself from Punishment. 7 And it is in vain for St. 8 And, though it is undeniable, That those who have been negligent in taking care of other Peoples Souls, that were 7. Rom. 14:12. 8. Rom. 9:3. Every Man is accountable for his Religion. 14 of the nature and qualification of religion committed to their Charge, shall receive Punishment; Nevertheless, these, whose Souls have been thus neglected, shall perish with them, for having put too much Trust in others, and neglected their own Salvation.

51. Athenagoras was a Christian apologist from Athens. In c. a . d . 177 he addressed a “message” to the Emperors Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus in which he defended Christians against charges of atheism, cannibalism, and sexual deviance (A Plea for the Christians). See note 187, below. [SZu] 36 of the nature and qualification of religion no more, than it is necessary, to set up a separate Commonwealth, where Philosophy and other Sciences are to be taught. For, it is the true Genius of Truth, and such her intrinsick vertue, as to be convincing in it self, provided she be but represented in her genuine Shape; and the fruits, which she produces for the benefit of Mankind, be dexterously proposed to the view of the World.

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