Congregation at Duke Chapel

Happy New Universe!

A presentation by The Rev. Dr. S. Brian Stratton on January 3, 2016.

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Happy New Universe! Mythic and Scientific Cosmogonies

presented by
The Rev. Dr. S. Brian Stratton,
Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Alma College

Non-creation myths

  • rhythmic universe
    • Hindu dance of Shiva (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva)
    • Friedman theory
  • eternal universe
    • Jains

Creation myths

  • Big Bang
  • Creator
    • Creation from a void
    • Order from chaos e.g. Daoism; Ovid's Metamorphoses

Following Brian's lead, the day after his presentation an article on the topic of What came before the big bang? was published.

During this presentation, Rev. Stratton noted the poem / books:

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