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The origins of man

Author: Léon Cristiani; Eric Earnshaw Smith
Publisher: New York : Hawthorn Books, 1958.
Series: Twentieth century encyclopedia of Catholicism., Section 3,, Nature of man ;, v. 29.
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The focus is on man himself, on his origins, on the two constituent parts of his nature -- the body and the soul, in particular on the "dimensions" of that soul, i.e. the portion of the infinite which inheres in it; and finally on those still largely mysterious phenomena which form the subject-matter of the metaphysical sciences.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Léon Cristiani; Eric Earnshaw Smith
OCLC Number: 330643
Description: 144 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: I. According to mythologies --
What is a myth? --
Usefulness of myth --
Varieties of myths --
According to primitive peoples --
According to secondary civilizations --
Egypt --
Babylonia --
Persia --
Hindu cosmogonies --
Chinese cosmogony --
Mexico and Peru --
The Greco-Roman world --
The myth of Prometheus --
Celtic cosmogony and theories --
Germanic cosmogony and theories --
II. Philosophy and the problem of Origins --
Philosophies and myths --
Pre-logical mentality --
The birth of philosophy --
The sages and the origins of man --
Differences in approach --
Pythagoras and the mysticism of numbers --
The atomistic theory --
The cosmogony of Plato --
The influence of Platonism --
Aristotle on the origins of man --
The Stoics and the origins of man --
Neoplatonic cosmogony --
A sketch of Indian and Chinese philosophies --
General survey III. Modern science: positive genealogies --
The coming of science --
Man's place in the universe --
The age of the world and the age of man --
Prehistory --
Earliest man --
The problem of dating --
The facts as present known --
The "anthropian" problem --
Neanderthal man --
Monogenism and polygenism --
IV. According to the Bible and church teaching --
A higher source of information --
Concordism and its illusions --
The two narratives of Genesis --
The patriarchal narrative --
Probable reasons for the second version --
The priestly narrative --
A short commentary --
The origin of evil --
Other biblical texts on the creation --
The creation in Christian tradition --
The teaching of St. Augustine --
Decisions of the church --
V. Comparisons, agreements and disagreements --
Creation in Christianity and mythology --
Babylonian mythology and the book of Genesis --
The creation of man --
The Bible cosmogony and philosophy --
Theology and astronomy --
The problem of evolution and transformism --
A brief examination of transformism --
Creationism --
Monogenism or polygenism? --
Counter-arguments --
Adam: individual or collective? --
The encyclical "Humani Generis."
Series Title: Twentieth century encyclopedia of Catholicism., Section 3,, Nature of man ;, v. 29.
Responsibility: by Nicolas Corte ; translated from the French by Eric Earnshaw Smith.

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The focus is on man himself, on his origins, on the two constituent parts of his nature -- the body and the soul, in particular on the "dimensions" of that soul, i.e. the portion of the infinite which inheres in it; and finally on those still largely mysterious phenomena which form the subject-matter of the metaphysical sciences.

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