This site has Book 1 and the Review of the Theory. There is also a table of contents for Books II-IV, and summaries of Books 2-4, with illustrations. There are no plans (07/05/01) to add Books 2-4 in their entirety. Page numbers are as in the 1691 edition.
Concerning the Deluge, and the Dissolution of the Earth
C H A P T E R S
THE Introduction; An account of the whole
Work, of the extent and general Order of it.
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.
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.
That the Earth and Mankind had an
Original, and were not from Eternity; Prov'd 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 prov'd from Divine
Authority, and from the Nature and Form of the Chaos, out of which the Earth was
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 examin'd, and all its motions observ'd, 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 observ'd and
Dissolution of the First Earth: The Deluge ensuing thereupon. And the form of
the present Earth rising from the Ruines of the First.
That the Explication we have given of an
Universal Deluge is not an IDEA only, but an account of what really came to pass
in the Earth, and the true explication of Noah's Flood. An examination of
Tehom-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 on
The particular History of Noah's
Flood is explain'd in all the material parts and circumstances of it, according
to the preceding Theory. Any seeming difficulties remov'd, 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.
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
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 .
Concerning the Mountains of the
Earth, their greatness and irregular Form, their Situation, Causes and Origin.
A short review of what hath been
already treated of, and in what manner. All methods, whether Philosophical or
Theological, that have been offer'd by others for the explication of the Form of
the Earth, are examin'd and refuted. A conjecture concerning the other Planets,
their Natural Form and State compar'd with ours,. Especially concerning Jupiter
Contents of Books II, III, IV
SUMMARIES OF THE REMAINING BOOKS
BOOK II -- BOOK III -- BOOK IV
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T H E O R Y
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