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The Epic of Evolution is the mythic 14 billion year story of cosmic, planetary, life, and cultural evolution uniting scientific and religious perspectives.

                      6 + 1 Chapters of the Epic


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Cosmos Begins


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Solar System Forms


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Chemistry & DNA Develop


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Life Happens


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Homo Sapiens Arise


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Cultures & Religions Sprout




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  Evolution, as used herein, applies to the historic evolving of star systems, the Earth, it’s geology, all life on the earth and Homo sapiens, and human society as pictured above. The whole ball of wax which got us to where we are today. Epic means a narration extraordinary, momentous, and grand in scale. 

  The Epic of Evolution is the comprehensive story of the universe, Earth, and humanity replacing other creation tales. It is known by various names, including Big History, The Great Story, The Universe Story, and Cosmic Evolution. A central idea of this Epic is that cosmic, biological and cultural evolution has progressed towards greater material complexity and human emergence and enlightenment. It is more than just hard scientific facts. It is science translated into a meaningful narrative bridging science, religion, and philosophy. For some, it is the basis of a naturalistic spirituality. 

 The Epic of Evolution is the subject of controversy. The vast majority of scientists accept the abundant facts of evolution. To them, it is a true explanation of Reality. Some religions, in particular Fundamentalists, strongly oppose it as they oppose Darwinism and the modern science supporting it. But not all of the Epic's advocates are distinguished scientists. Some are traditional religious people who consider it a narrative having mythic attributes with religious overtones. They consider it a multifaceted concept existing in Christian theology for hundreds of years. It is at the heart of Religious Naturalism beliefs.

 Some of the facts substantiating the theory of evolution are the universal genetic code, genetic and geological dating, fossil evidence, common traits in embryos, DNA commonalities, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and hundreds of years of hybridization of food crops and animals. We have human fossils, from full skeletons to teeth, of more than 6,000 individuals. 


 The Epic of Evolution is a very believable story because it is a factual, true one.
 
  Loyal Rue , Luther College  has a compact, yet detailed, 1363 word explanation of this Epic worth checking out.  More on above - Next Page


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  “Is evolution a theory, a system or a hypothesis? It is much more: it is a general condition to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must bow to and which they must satisfy henceforward if they are to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow. - paleontologist and Catholic priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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  “It's all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The Old Story—the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it—is not functioning properly, and we have not learned the New Story. The Old Story sustained us for a long period of time...

......With all the inadequacies of any narrative, the epic of evolution does present the story of the universe as this story is now available to us out of our present experience. This is our sacred story.... 

......we will recover our sense of wonder and our sense of the sacred only if we appreciate the universe beyond ourselves as a revelatory experience of that numinous presence whence all things came into being. Indeed, the universe is the primary sacred reality.... 

......I propose that the universities need to teach the story of the universe as this is now available to us. For the universe story is our own story. We cannot know ourselves in any adequate manner except through an account of the transformations of the universe and of the planet Earth through which we came into being. This new story of the universe is our personal story as well as our community story.... 

.......We need a spirituality that emerges out of a reality deeper than ourselves, a spirituality that is as deep as the Earth process itself, a spirituality born out of the solar system and even out of the heavens beyond the solar system”- Passionist order Catholic priest Thomas Berry 

  When we fully understand, and appreciate, what the factual Epic of Evolution story is telling us, we have to be completely amazed, awed and humbled. It’s easy to see why we can have a spiritual relationship with the essence of Nature. We can sense divinity. The natural evolvement of Existence is mind blowing. Our emergence is the greatest of miracles. There is no grander story, period!Site Webmaster