“A New Bible in Three Testaments” by Terence Meaden. Subtitled: “The Book of the Universe, Stars, Sun, Earth, Life and Humankind”

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The text takes an easy-to-read approach in relating the story of the Universe (Testament One) and Life (Testament Two) as it leads into the prehistory and history of Humankind (Testament Three). All the while, everything is expressed in the context of the reality of a godless Universe. The numbered verse format is a comfortable and fresh way of reviewing and affirming the comprehensibility of the world.  

It is the story of the Universe and Life… of origins and history… arranged to honour the supreme achievements of the talented men and women who have been unravelling the mysteries of the cosmos and evolution.

The book of 92 chapters has the essence of a new bible—not a Holy Bible, not a sacred text, but a scientific one presenting facts without fables, and history without distortion. These Testaments bear witness to truths gained by observation, instrumentation, insight, intelligence, reason, and the application of physical laws and the formulation of harmonious, logical models. In defining the latest wisdom, they spell out the fundamentals of the physics of the wonders of the Universe—all the while acquiring ever-better perfection in scientific detail. It is testimony and eulogy, in praise of high scholarship and logic—the ultimate Enlightenment.

The Third Testament is the story of humanity as it proceeds to the present-day—humans enriched with high intelligence and a genetically promising future. And yet, despite all the successes here narrated, the volume draws to a close by sadly asking (Epilogue page 305) “How did it come about that Homo sapiens in the course of its 160,000 years of progress got itself into the current mess”—referring to the amalgam of authoritarian religions, undemocratic governments, gender inequalities, reckless overpopulation, and irresponsible worldwide waste on land and ocean?

AUTHORS

The authors are many. They number millions—scientists probing the mysteries of the Universe and the origins of Life, unprejudiced archaeologists evaluating the evidence of prehistory, and the best-informed historians and accomplished writers poring over the records of past millennia—between them reporting the triumphs, events and disasters of humankind. The assembler of these truths is a retired physics professor and active archaeologist—his alma mater Oxford University. The resulting book is a compendium of knowledge annotated with honourable intentions for the common good.

“A New Bible in Three Testaments” is available in hardback from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Bible-Three-Testaments-Humankind/dp/17...

Measuring 29 by 22 cm (which is about 11.5 by 9 inches) it weighs a kilogram. 

The book is also available from Amazon in paperback at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Bible-Three-Testaments-Humankind/dp/17...

Press/Media Contact Details: New Generation Publishing, London.  Tel. +44 1234 711 956

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Thank you, Terry, I will be pleased to have another of your books to read. 

  • CHAPTER 80 from Testament Three is given below. 
  • Spotlight: A New Bible in three testaments
    Posted on Bound 2 Escape (Spotlighting new books) June 23, 2018

This is the story of the Universe and Life… of origins and history… arranged in Three Testaments to honour the supreme achievements of the talented men and women who have been unravelling the mysteries of the cosmos and evolution.
The book has the essence of a new bible—not a Holy Bible, not a sacred text, but a scientific one presenting facts without fables, and history without distortion. These Testaments bear witness to truths gained by observation, instrumentation, insight, intelligence, reason, and the application of physical laws and the formulation of harmonious, logical models. In defining the latest wisdom, they spell out the fundamentals of the physics of the wonders of the Universe—all the while acquiring ever-better perfection in scientific detail. It is testimony and eulogy, in praise of high scholarship and logic—the ultimate Enlightenment.
The Third Testament is the story of humanity as it proceeds to the present-day—humans enriched with high intelligence and a genetically promising future. And yet, despite all the successes here narrated, the volume draws to a close by sadly asking (Epilogue page 305) “How did it come about that Homo sapiens in the course of its 160,000 years of progress got itself into the current mess”—referring to the amalgam of authoritarian religions, undemocratic governments, reckless overpopulation, and irresponsible worldwide waste on land and ocean?

An Excerpt: Chapter 80, 277-278, of the Third Testament of “A New Bible”:

On the origin of species by natural selection

1. 1858: Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913) and Charles Darwin (1809-1882) jointly published a paper with the title “On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties and On the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection.”
2. 1859-1860: Announcement of Charles Darwin’s research on evolution through his scientific masterwork on The Origin of Species. There had been no divine creation. Instead, there had been prolonged evolution by natural descent involving natural and sexual selection over millions of years.
3. This advance was cerebral heroism at a time of powerful religious authority among leaders and ruling classes The life sciences now joined the natural sciences in conquering the minds of the best informed of the well educated.
4. “Probably all organic beings which have ever lived on this Earth have descended from some one primordial form … There is grandeur in this view of life that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”
5. 1859: “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection”. Charles Darwin.
6. The volume On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection sold out its first edition of 1250 copies on the first day.
7. Full title: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
8. In 1860 came the renowned confrontation at Oxford between Bishop Wilberforce and the Darwinian Thomas Huxley supported by James Hooker. Human culture was seen as a progression, not just of biological evolution but of social and cultural evolution.
9. This well-tested explanation for the endless diversity of species has been supported by the research findings of millions of scientists over the following 150 years. It is the central explanatory paradigm in the whole of biology.
10. Darwin’s work is one of the finest contributions demonstrative of human intelligence in the history of science.
11. His book is one of the greatest scientific books ever written. Yet unlike most others it is easily understandable by educated non-specialist readers because there are no graphs, mathematics, or deeply specialized language and the subject matter is of the profoundest concern to everybody.
12. On The Origin of Species was revolutionary because it properly explained what had previously been treated only by religious allegory.
13. “Along with Newton and Shakespeare, Darwin is Britain’s greatest gift to the world. His guiding genius hovers over all of modern biology”, as expressed by Richard Dawkins, prior to the opening of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London, in 2002.
14. Evolution explained the life sciences and human origins without recourse to divine intervention. With it, archaeology came of age. The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell was published in 1863 and Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex in 1871.
15. The study of archaeology soared to a high profile.
16. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science”. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man."
17. “We must acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system – with all these exalted powers – Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man.
18. Darwin famously wrote in a letter to botanist Joseph Hooker in February 1871 that life had perhaps begun in “some warm little pond” somewhere on Earth if it were full of “ammonia, phosphoric salts, light, heat and electricity.”
19. The latest research into origins of life announced in 2017 may support the idea. Tara Djokic and colleagues reported in Nature Communications that new fossil finds of organic life in rocks containing geyserites in Western Australia were dateable to 3.48 billion years ago. This mineral could only have formed in hot springs on land. The organisms were hollowed-out tubular structures called stromatolites—and the site is in the Dresser Formation in Pilbara.”

A New Bible in Three Testaments” is available in hardback and paperback from Amazon UK. It is also available from Amazon US and other Internet and Main Street sources

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5.0 out of 5 stars

If God was a scientist....
By worldly traveller on 19 June 2018
Format: Paperback
I really like the idea of a new New Testament for a more scientific view of the world around us. As the theoretical physicist and well-known theologian Prof. John Polkinghorne will attest, there is a lot that science and religion share.

This book eloquently spells out the basics of physics of the wonders of the Universe from a more observational, historical scientific perspective.

I found the current set of affairs as described in the "Third Testament" of this scholarly work particularly edifying.and positive in its view of the future and the promise it holds for us. However, it takes a more dismissive view of some extremist religions which also make up the tapestry of human views and opinions. It also evangelises about human use and abuse of the environment.

Still, I found this book really thought-provoking and well-researched.

Definitely recommended reading! An intriguing scientific new testament to our world.

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