Our modern scientists tell of a Big Bang, an event during which nothing but a pinhead-sized bit of something supposedly explodes to become all that is and will ever be.
Ancient scriptures provide creation stories of their own.
In the Book of Quadernity, creation is explored in a new light. Through the lens of Quadernity, Creation is an entire process, rather than an event during which something emerges from non-existence into existence. Rather than a single cosmic event that occurred billions of years ago, Creation, as a process, is continually occurring on every scale/dimension and time-frame throughout the universe.
In Quadernity, the process of Creation, or OUTformation, is complemented by the inverse process of INformation. Again, through the lens of Quadernity, we see INformation as a process, rather than merely a bit of data that has the potential to inform.
Using the dual-processes shown in Quadernity’s lucid-dreams-given models, we may homologize the various scientific and scriptural creation stories. The ancient creation stories not only agree with each other, but they are surprisingly agreeable also with today’s cutting-edge science!
As stated in A Puzzle of Creation Stories, the creation stories that I cross-compared for interpretation between phrasings and metaphors were mainly these four: Genesis, the Tao te Ching, Rig Veda and Enuma Elish (listed here in order of my exposure to them, which coincidentally orders them also from most recent to most ancient*).
*The Enuma Elish dates back to Bronze Age cuneiform (fourth millennium B.C.E.). At the earliest, the Rig Veda was written around 3000 B.C.E. The Tao te Ching was written around the 6th century B.C.E. The first five books of the Holy Bible, including the creation story of Genesis, are called the Pentateuch. Excerpted from a scholarly essay published by BioLogos Foundation:
The Pentateuch as we know it is the end product of a complex literary process written, oral, or both that did not come to a close until the exile (586-539 BC) and postexilic period.
Archeologists can date the earliest forms of writing; however, no one can say exactly how long an oral tradition preceded its transcription. Oral traditions are at the root of all written traditions. The Vedas, for instance, were recited as Sanskrit mantras, the power of which can be realized by resonance, as felt in the presence of skillful chanters dedicated to precise elocution.
Of course, these four scriptures have been translated from their original languages into English, and each one by multiple scholars. The specific translations of the four scriptures upon which I relied are fully articulated in the aforementioned unit (A Puzzle of Creation Stories).
Likewise, there are numerous translations/versions of the Holy Bible. The three most commonly used by Christian churches in America are the English Standard Version (ESV), the King James Version (KJV) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). When I quote from Genesis in this unit, it will be from one of these three versions.
For your reference and comparison, each of the three versions is presented line by line in this Aside: The Seven Days of Creation from Genesis.
Just because this unit centers on the Days of Creation as recounted in the Holy Bible’s Book of Genesis, it does not mean that its content will be of interest only to those who practice a Judeo-Christian religion or are aligned with a particular sect or denomination.
Creation stories are of interest to most of us, albeit for different reasons:
- Physicists are interested in how virtual particles pop out of the void.
- Biologists are interested in how new species emerge.
- Chemists are interested in sudden phase transitions.
- Complexity theorists are interested in emergent behaviors.
- Mathematicians are interested to learn how rational numbers can come from the conjugating of irrational numbers.
- We, ourselves, are interested in becoming more effectively creative in all aspects of our lives.
Quadernity, the blog-book, is an artistic expression; it is meant neither as an academic critique of sacred scriptures nor of modern sciences; therefore, I invite you: two billion Christians, one and a half billion Muslims, one billion Hindus, hundreds of millions of Buddhists and Taoists, twenty-five million Sikhs, fourteen million Jews, as well as you: countless eager students of comparative religion, spirituality, philosophy and physics, to please unleash your own curiosity to explore the trans-dogmatic discoveries revealed here, as Quadernity shines “a new light on creation”.
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