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Contents Book 1 and 2

THE SACRED THEORY OF THE EARTH

by Thomas Burnet


CONTENTS OF THE CHAPTERS

THE FIRST BOOK

CHAPTER I

THE Introduction; An account of the whole Work, of the extent and general Order of it.

CHAPTER II

A general account of Noah's Flood. A computation what quantity of Water would be necessary for the making of it; That the common Opinion and Explication of that Flood is not intelligible.

CHAPTER III

All Evasions concerning the Flood answered; That there was no new Creation of Waters at the Deluge; and that it was not particular or National, but extended throughout the whole Earth. A prelude and preparation to the true account and explication of it. The method of the first Book.

CHAPTER IV

That the Earth and Mankind had an Original, and were not from Eternity; Evidenced against Aristotle. The first proposition of our Theory laid down, viz. That the Ante-diluvian Earth was of a different Form and Construction from the present. This is Evidenced from Divine Authority, and from the Nature and Form of the Chaos, out of which the Earth was made.

CHAPTER V

The Second Proposition is laid down, viz. That the face of the Earth before the Deluge was smooth, regular and uniform; without Mountains, and without a Sea. The Chaos out of which the World rise is fully examined, and all its motions observed, and by what steps it wrought it self into an habitable World. Some things in Antiquity relating to the first state of the Earth are interpreted, and some things in the Sacred Writings. The Divine Art and Geometry in the construction of the first Earth is observed and celebrated.

CHAPTER VI

The Dissolution of the First Earth: The Deluge ensuing thereupon. And the form of the present Earth rising from the Ruines of the First.

CHAPTER VII

That the Explication we have given of an Universal Deluge is not anIDEA only, but an account of what really came to pass in the Earth, and the true explication ofNoah's Flood. An examination ofTehom-Rabba, or the Great Abysse, and that by it the Sea cannot be understood, nor the Subterraneous Waters as they are at present; What the true Notion and Form of it was, collected from Moses and other Sacred Writers. Observations onDeucalion's Deluge.

CHAPTER VIII

The particular History ofNoah's Flood is explained in all the material parts and circumstances of it, according to the preceding Theory. Any seeming difficulties removed, and the whole Section concluded with a Discourse how far the Deluge may be lookt upon as the effect of an Ordinary Providence, and how far of an Extraordinary.

CHAPTER IX

The Second Part of this Discourse, proving the same Theory from the Effects and the present Form of the Earth. First, by a general Scheme of what is most remarkable in this Globe, and then by a more particular induction; beginning with an account of Subterraneous Cavities and Subterraneous Waters.

CHAPTER X

Concerning the Chanel of the Sea, and the Original of it; The causes of its irregular form and unequal depths: As also of the Original of Islands, their situation, and other properties.

CHAPTER XI

Concerning the Mountains of the Earth, their greatness and irregular Form, their Situation, Causes and Origin.

CHAPTER XII

A short review of what hath been already treated of, and in what manner. All methods, whether Philosophical or Theological, that have been offered by others for the explication of the Form of the Earth, are examined and refuted. A conjecture concerning the other Planets, their Natural Form and State compared with ours; Especially concerningJupiter andSaturn.

THE SECOND BOOK

CHAPTER I

THE Introduction and Contents of the Second Book. The general state of the Primal Earth, and of Paradise.

CHAPTER II

The great change of the World since the Flood from what it was in the first Ages. The Earth under its present Form could not be Paradisiacal, nor any part of it.

CHAPTER III

The Original differences of the Primitive Earth from the present Post-diluvian. The three Characters ofParadise and the Golden Age found in the Primitive Earth. A particular explication of each Character.

CHAPTER IV

A Digression, concerning the Natural Causes of Longity. That the Machine of an Animal consists of Springs, and which are the two principal. The Age of the Ante-diluvians to be computed bySolar, notLunar Years.

CHAPTER V

Concerning the Waters of the Primitive Earth: What the state of the Regions of the Air was then, and how all Waters proceeded from them. How the Rivers arose, what was their Course, and how they ended. Several things in Sacred Writ that confirm this Hydrography of the first Earth, especially the Post-diluvian Origin of the Rain-bow.

CHAPTER VI

A Recollection and review of what hath been said concerning the Primitive Earth, with a more full Survey of the state of the first World, Natural and Civil, and the comparison of it with the present World.

CHAPTER VII

Concerning the place of Paradise; It cannot be determined from the Theory only, nor from Scripture only; What the sense of Antiquity was concerning it, as to the Jews and Heathens, and especially as to the Christian Fathers; That they generally placed it out of this Continent, in the Southern Hemisphere.

CHAPTER VIII

The uses of this Theory for the illustration of Antiquity; The Chaos of the Ancients explained; The inhabitability of the Torrid Zone; The change of the Poles of the World; The Doctrine of the Mundane Egg; HowAmerica was first peopled; HowParadise within the Circle of the Moon.

CHAPTER IX

A general Objection against this Theory, viz. That if there had been such aPrimitive Earth, as we pretend, the fame of it would have sounded throughout all Antiquity. The Eastern and Western Learning considered, the most considerable Records of both are lost; what foot steps remain relating to this subject. The Jewish and Christian Learning considered, how far lost as to this Argument, and what Notes or Traditions remain. Lastly, How far the Sacred Writings bear witness to it. The Providential conduct of Knowledge in the World. A Recapitulation and state of the Theory.

CHAPTER X

Concerning the AUTHOR of NATURE.

CHAPTER XI

Concerning Natural Providence. Several misrepresentations of it, and false methods of Contemplation; Preparatives to the true Method, and a true representation of the Universe. The MundaneIdea, and the Universal System of Providence; Several subordinate Systems, That of our Earth and Sublunary World; The Course and Periods of it; How much of this is already treated of, and what remains. Conclusion.


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