Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity: Common Experience, the Hierarchy of Being, and Modern Science
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Three great cosmological worldviews―of the Latin West, ancient Greece, and the Hebrew/Syriac world―arose from a union of ancient and medieval thought. Each had origins in the ancient world and reached a synthesis under scholastic medieval thinkers. This synthesis was incorporated into Catholic tradition, becoming identified as a cosmological worldview of the Catholic Church. This worldview maintains a correspondence to and connection between the structure of the universe and the divine plan of creation, whereby creation is structured hierarchically. This hierarchical structure―the Vestige of Eden―is a reflection of and participation in the liturgy of the Church―the Image of Eternity―which is a type of blueprint for creation.
Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity examines this worldview, updated with modern science, for consideration in modern discussions regarding science, philosophy, and religion. Proposing a framework that is novel for modern-day understanding yet old in the history of human thought, this book will be of interest to academics, students, and general readers alike.
Franciscan University Press
religion and science, Catholic Church, doctrines, creation, creationism, theology
Catholic Studies | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Toma, D. (2019). Vestige of Eden, image of eternity: Common experience, the hierarchy of being, and modern science. Franciscan University Press.