“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

E-mail:  info@newgeneration-publishing.com

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Thanks, Terry, will have a look.

The book really, of course, is about ORIGINS. Here is the list of contents of Testament One:

                                              THE FIRST TESTAMENT

                            ORIGINS:The Universe, Stars, Sun and Earth

PREFACE ............................................................................................................... 1  

CHAPTER 1.  REVELATION ................................................................................... 3

CHAPTER 2.  GENESIS ......................................................................................... 7

CHAPTER 3.  PRIMORDIAL TIME, PRIMORDIAL MATTER  .................................13

CHAPTER 4.  AND THERE WAS LIGHT.................................................................18

CHAPTER 5.  EXODUS ......................................................................................... 21

CHAPTER 6.  NUMBERS ….................................................................................. 23

CHAPTER 7.  CLUSTERS AND SUPERCLUSTERS ............................................. 25

CHAPTER 8.  OUR GALAXY ................................................................................. 29  

CHAPTER 9.  THE CONSTELLATIONS................................................................. 33 

CHAPTER 10. STARS ........................................................................................... 36

CHAPTER 11. STELLAR LIFE AND DEATH .......................................................... 40 

CHAPTER 12. ET QUO VADIT? .............................................................................43

CHAPTER 13. SUN ................................................................................................45

CHAPTER 14. MOON ........................................................................................... 49

CHAPTER 15. INSPIRATION AND GENIUS .......................................................... 54

CHAPTER 16. GENESIS II: THE SOLAR SYSTEM ................................................ 59

CHAPTER 17. MERCURY, VENUS, MARS ............................................................ 62

CHAPTER 18. THE FARTHER PLANETS ............................................................... 65

CHAPTER 19. AND OTHER WORLDS ...................................................................70

CHAPTER 20. GENESIS III: EARTH .......................................................................72

CHAPTER 21. OCEANS AND CONTINENTS ........................................................ 76

CHAPTER 22. ATMOSPHERE, WEATHER AND WATER ......................................  79

Later, I'll put up the start of Chapter One. 

I'll have to see if the library will get it, its over $50 Canadian on our amazon.

CHAPTER 1.  REVELATION

 

  1. In the beginning was the Void. Time and space were nothingness. 
  2. “Darkness was upon the face of the deep.”  Genesis, i.2.
  3. Then came the Big Bang ...
  4. ...   the Universe was born—time flowing, space growing: an expanding volume of space-time reaching towards infinity.
  5. The Universe is the cosmos in which Earth’s biosphere plays a tiny part.
  6. Universe, Cosmos, Earth, Life—ever-changing, dynamic blends of matter and energy.
  7. From commingling molecules, chemicals combine and particular ones replicate: they are the earliest life-cells that move and multiply.
  8. Forms evolve; selection rules; favoured variants survive; hominoids appear.
  9. Homo sapiensdescends, the first creature to contemplate the future and question the past,
  10. Homo sapienswho begets the wise and the good, who succours the needy and instructs the willing, whoseidealis to help and unite all peoples in friendship.
  11. For the wise give birth to knowledge, and explore its fathomless depths, that those who follow shall better understand.
  12. Hence comprehension and the light of knowledge in which we rejoice.
  13. Bernard Lovell, astronomer: “The problem of the origin of the Universe … is the greatest challenge to the intellect which faces man.”  Reith Lectures 1958.
  14. Leonardo da Vinci: “Everything must be laid bare;all the secrets of the Universe must be revealed.”
  15. Albert Einstein: “The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility ... The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.”  Franklin Institute Journal, March 1936. “Physics and Reality”.  The original was “Das ewig Unbegreifliche an der Welt ist ihre Begreiflichkeit.”
  16. By which he meant that the Universe and everything in it yields to rational analysis through physics and mathematics.
  17. Jacob Bronowski, scientist: “Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts which make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike him, he is not a figure in the landscape—he is a shaper of the landscape. In body and mind he is the explorer of nature.” The Ascent of Man. Chapter 1.
  18. Humans, too, are subject to the immutable laws of nature.
  19. William Shakespeare: “All that lives must die, 

            Passing through nature to eternity”.  Hamlet.  Act 1, scene 2, 72.

  1. “Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore

           so do our moments hasten to their end.”      Shakespeare sonnets. 60.

  1. We share the eternal circulation that is natural law; we have the insight to know it.
  2. Fear not insight; fear not science, for “science is only a Latin word for knowledge.” Jacob Bronowski. The Ascent of Man.
  3. “Science”, from the Latin scientia, formed on scientem, scireto know, “is in its broadest sense synonymous with learning and knowledge.” William C. D. Whetham.  Encyclopaedia Britannica. 1926. volume 24.
  4. Science: “Ordered knowledge of natural phenomena and of the relations between them”; in short, natural science, natural philosophy. William C. D. Whetham. 
  5. Science, from the Oxford English Dictionary: “A branch of study which is concerned either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with observed facts systematically classified and more or less colligated by being brought under general laws, and which includes trustworthy methods for the discovery of new truth within its own domain.”
  6. Such are the methods and principles of logical inquiry, founded as they are on the collection of sound empirical data.
  7. For this permits a hypothesis or model to be offered and tested against the facts, or used to devise experiments that will either disprove it or raise its status and grant it higher probability.
  8. There is no dogma. Science is ever open to testing by falsifiability; dogma is not.
  9. “Science progresses by correcting its mistakes, and makes no secret of what it still does not understand.” Richard Dawkins. Unweaving the Rainbow. 1998.
  10. A hypothesis that succeeds in its trials becomes a theory, and can be used to understand phenomena disclosed by its means because it is derived from facts, experiment, truth, and can be applied to predict additional facts.
  11. Complete and seasoned theories become scientific laws, and join the ranks of established general principles.
  12. These are the heights reached by science—as here summarised in Testament 1, The Book of the Universe,and Testament 2 The Book of Life.
  13. Through genius and the employment of mature theories, rational principles and the logic of mathematical physics comes enlightenment,
  14. . . and the world of  conscious knowledge is poised to advance. 

  1. Anaxagoras, philosopher, 459 BCE: “The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon and the Heavens.”
  2. Peter Abelard, philosopher, c.1120. “The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning
  3. ... For by doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we arrive at truth.”  Peter Abelard, Yes and No.
  4. James Jeans, physicist, 1877-1946: “From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.” The Mysterious Universe.
  5. Mathematicians and physicists unravel the truths of the Universe and the detail of the atom.
  6. Friedrich von Schiller, dramatist: “Only fullness leads to clarity, and truth dwells in the depths”. [These words oft repeated by atomic physicist Niels Bohr who explained the inner sanctum of the atom. “Nur die Fulle fuhrt zu Klarheit, Und im grund wohnt die Wahrheit.”]
  7. In an all-embracing definition, mathematics is “the science concerned with the logical deduction of consequences from the general premises of all reasoning.” Alfred North Whitehead, logician. Encyclopaedia Britannica.1926. v. 17, p. 880.
  8. Paul Dirac, physicist, 1930: “Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.” Preface to The Principles of Quantum Mechanics.
  9. There is the exactness of pure mathematics, and the appropriateness of mathematics and theoretical physics to explain the Universe.
  10. Above all, there is the logical idea of proof, and the practical concept that there are explicit laws of nature.
  11. Yes, “Every why hath a wherefore.” Samuel Butler, poet. Hudibras.Part 1. canto 1, line 132; also William Shakespeare. Comedy of Errors. ii, 2.
  12. Max Born, physicist, 1882-1970: “I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actual philosophy”, spoken when Born’s contemporaries were establishing the quantum theory of physics.
  13. In quantum physics arose a fresh reality, sparkling with ingenuity and irrepressible reason; a new physics subsumed with the insights, delights and space-time elucidation construed when expounding Niels Bohr’s atom, Einstein’s logic and quantum theory.
  14. “Mighty men of Science and mighty deeds ... All these and many others, and some whose names have no memorial, form a great host of heroes, an army of soldiers—fit companions of those of whom the poets have sung ...”.  Frederick William Sanderson, physicist.
  15. There are astrophysicists, nuclear physicists, natural philosophers—all the world’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians ...
  16. … each ever higher stands, on the shoulders of predecessors, their wisdom siring advances of the next.
  17. Among them Roger Bacon, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Christiaan Huyghens.
  18. Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, William Gilbert 1540, John Napier, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, John Dalton, René Descartes 1596, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz 1646, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Antoine Laurent Lavoisier 1743, Karl Friedrich Gauss 1777, Henri Poincaré 1854, William Herschel, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Fritz Zwicky, Paul Dirac, Richard Feynman.
  19. Joseph Fraunhofer, Gustav Kirchhoff, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, Nicholas Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi, Ludwig Boltzmann, William Thomson /Lord Kelvin, James Prescott Joule, James Watt, Henri Becquerel, Marie and Pierre Curie, Norman Lockyer, Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, Joseph John Thomson, Wilhem Konrad Roentgen, Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn.
  20. Niels Bohr, Max Born, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, Louis de Broglie, Wolfgang Pauli, Satyendra Nath Bose, Hidei Yukawa, Enrico Fermi, Ernest Rutherford, James Chadwick.
  21. Edwin Hubble, Vesto Slipher, Willem de Sitter, Georges Lemaitre, Harlow Shapley, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, George Gamov, Ralph Alpher, Hans Bethe, Robert Herrman, Kurt Goedel, Fred Hoyle, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Jocelyn Bell, Vera Rubin, Timothy Berners-Lee
  22. Andrei Sakharov, Maarten Schmidt, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, George Zweit, George Smoot, John Mather
  23. Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Roger Penrose, Michael Green, Arno Penzias, Robert Wilson, Paul Davies, Stephen Hawking, Peter Higgs
  24. Paul Townsend, Michael Duff, Paul Steinhardt, Burt Ovrut, Neil Turok, Justin K. Houry, Lisa Randall, Raman Sundrum, Nima Arkani-Hamed—all superstring, p-brane theoreticians working in M-theory.
  25. And of Earth and Life, there are geologists and oceanographers, atmospheric physicists, botanists, anatomists and biologists, biochemists and biophysicists, palaeontologists, archaeologists, and decipherers of lost-languages.
  26. Leonardo da Vinci, Carolus Linnaeus, William Harvey, Gregor Mendel, Thomas Malthus, William Smith, Mary Anning, Gideon Mantell, Charles Lyell, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace, August Weismann, Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, Alexander Fleming, Asa Gray, Alfred Wegener, Milutin Milankovitch, Willard Libby, Arthur Holmes, Harry Hess, Fred Vine, Drummond Matthews, [Lawrence Morley], Oswald Avery, Francis Crick, James Watson, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, Walter and Luis Alvarez, Mary Leakey, Louis Leakey, Richard Leakey, Jean-Francois Champollion, Henry Rawlinson, Michael Ventris,
  27. And of Thought and Expression, Composition and Art, there are thinkers and writers, inventors, poets, musicians and artists.
  28. “Lives of great men all remind us,

We can make our lives sublime,

            And, departing, leave behind us,

            Footprints on the sands of time.” Alfred Wadsworth Longfellow. A Psalm of Life.

  1. Here they speak: words without mathematics, research without end, art and love everlasting; optimism above all.
  2. This is Revelation.
  3. Revelation, addressed to conscience and intellect, by way of mathematical exposition and natural physical laws.
  4. Said Leonardo da Vinci: “Scientific observation, not religious dogma, should determine how the world should be interpreted.”
  5. At the most fundamental level, theories of nature are compellingly beautiful in the fullest sense of providing aesthetic satisfaction.
  6. Energy is mass; mass is energy.
  7. Albert Einstein’s equation E = mc2exemplifies.
  8. It transformed thinking about the workings of the Universe forever.
  9. Hans Einstein, speaking of his father: “The highest praise for a good theory was not that it was correct [which it must be] nor that it was exact [which it has to be] but that it was beautiful.”
  10. Graham Farmelo, physicist: “The beauty of a theory depends on its ability to give an immaculate account of how nature works.” 2002.It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science.
  11. “The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.” Albert Einstein.
  12. Thus the Universe is ...
  13. ... and was, for it exists by definition, obeying the perfect harmonious laws explained by physics and supported by abundant empirical evidence and corroborative proofs.
  14. So let it be.

 

 

 

Dr. Meaden - It's nice to hear from you, and many thanks for posting about this great looking book. Going to Amazon to order it this instant.

Aw-ww, Terry, no Occam’s Razor?

You could have written no one knows if the universe had a beginning or how far it extends.

Tom, I like the insights that Terry presents. I'm still open to Occam's Razor! I simply do not know the answer to the question of the beginning of the universe and I am listening.  

Terry, I am pleased to see your new book is available. The Table of Content intrigues me! Do you expect it to come out in Kindle? My family just recently went through all my books and took truckloads to libraries, Goodwill, and other places that want free books. Laura told me I was not to buy another book, except that comes in Kindle or eBooks format. Because I am so eager to read this new one, I will see how long before it comes in electronic form.

None of my books were fiction, except the biblical types, they were all reference books. She saved your books and Marija Gimbutas'.

I especially like your reference list; those writers must have influenced each of your statements.

"  62.  Thus the Universe is ...

  1. ... and was, for it exists by definition, obeying the perfect harmonious laws explained by physics and supported by abundant empirical evidence and corroborative proofs.
  2. So let it be.

 

To Tom Sarbeck,

using the best currently available knowledge of physics I discuss the origin of the Universe in Chapter 2 (called Genesis, in 118 'verses'), and I go gently into post-Bang physics in Chapters 3 and 4. 

I hope what now sounds outrageous can be proven to be wrong or correct. The public debate gets rather ugly and does not help to answer the question of origins to the layperson. 

Joan, in what I remember of the social science I studied, I would try to prove (disprove?) the null hypothesis. Do you remember it that way?

In the physics I studied I didn’t ask if something can be proven to be wrong or correct. I asked if evidence supports the hypothesis.

If we are to answer xian attacks on science, we have to deny them their unscientific use of scientific words.

Thank you Joan for your encouragement.

Yes, the publishers tell me that this atheist bible will soon be on Kindle.  I'll find out when for you. 

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