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The Order of the Ages: World History in the Light of a Universal Cosmogony

The Order of the Ages: World History in the Light of a Universal Cosmogony

The laws which relate the modern world to earlier ages, and the position of our own era in a universal time-cycle, are explained in this book in a way which reveals the essential nature of time. It is shown that time imposes patterns of its own on the order of events, which reveal themselves by numerical regularities. By means of a Platonic view of creation, which connects temporal with non-temporal realities, it is shown to be possible to see how man's inner life holds the balance between these two kinds of objective reality. Traditional cosmological doctrines form the background to the ideas presented, which include insights into the power of universal time to realize evil, and how this can be overcome by those who understand it. Both non-Christian and Early Christian sources are also quoted in this connection, to illustrate the universality of the cyclic idea of time. Connections are made between metaphysical ideas of time and the scientific idea of entropy and its varied applications. The cyclic idea of time is used to resolve the apparent conflict between the vast tracts of time which have elapsed before Homo Sapiens and the relatively recent appearance of revealed religion. The last two thousand years are analyzed numerically in terms of traditional cosmology, so as to make it possible to calculate our present position in a universal era, together with the time within which this era will end.

Book I: The Phenomena

Chapter 1. Conflicting Ideas of Time

Chapter 2. Prehistorical to Posthistorical

Chapter 3. The Principle of Plenitude

Chapter 4. From Form to Matter

Chapter 5. The Rhythms of Time

Chapter 6. Cosmic Descent in Western Tradition

Chapter 7. ‘The Great World Decays in the Little’

Chapter 8. The Kali-Yuga

Chapter 9. Rising Entropy and Evolution

Chapter 10. The Submergence of Distinctions

Book II: The Principles

Chapter 11. ‘The Eternity of the World’

Chapter 12. The Arguments of Proclus

Chapter 13. The Arguments of Philoponus

Chapter 14. An Ontology of Time

Chapter 15. Temporal Curvature and Contraction

Chapter 16. The Structure of Cycles

Chapter 17. Cyclic Periods in History

Chapter 18. The Time of the End

Chapter 19. Liberation Through Knowledge

Appendix I. Isaac Newton and the Year 2060

Appendix II. First Principles of Cyclic Time