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Describe the Christian Cosmology and the cosmology of one other religion (Ai) Cosmology is the word given to the study of the origin and structure of the universe. The Christian cosmology is located at the start of the Bible in Genesis Chapter 1 and 2. However, these two accounts are slightly different as to how creation took place. Each part of the creations was because of God's words - 'God said, "Let there be light", and there was light' In Genesis Chapter 1, God created the universe in 6 days. In the beginning God created the Earth and Heaven. The earth had no form and there was darkness, so God created light by separating it from the dark. He called the light Day and the darkness Night. On the second day God separated the Earth from the Sky and called the sky heavens. On day three he created the dry lands, plants and trees. ...read more.


The first one was called Pishon which flowed around the whole land of Havilah which there is gold. The name of the second river is Gihon, which flowed around the whole land of Cush. The third river was called Tigris which flows east of Assyria and the fourth was called Euphrates. God then commanded the man saying that 'you may freely eat of every tree in the garden; but the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.' God then realised that it should not be good for man to be alone. So he created every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and whatever the man called the living creature that was its name. God saw that the creatures were not a fit helper for him. So he put Man to sleep and while he slept he took one of the ribs and closed up its place with flesh. ...read more.


, Created Adam as the first human being out of clay and into which God breathed life (23:12-16) This gives the idea of God creating everything directly in six days and that all humans have descended from God's direct creation, Adam and his wife. To support the modern Islamic cosmology, many Muslims argue that the Arabic word translated as 'days' is more correctly translated as 'ages'. They use evidence from the Qur'an to support this view. The modern view is argued in the Bible, The Qur'an and Modern Science by M.Bucaille. There is no sequence of creation in the Qur'an, but the first creation appears to be the heavens (22:33). Then God created life from the water - 'We made from water every living thing' (21:30) Then from water came vegetation - 'Sent down water from the sky with it we have produced diver pairs of plants' (20:53) and finally God created man from an embryo formed from semen (22:5). This gives the idea of a gradual creation with a more evolutionary character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mr Woods Religious Studies Coursework Vitor Sundargi ...read more.

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