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We are all cosmologists. Whether an astrophysicist, teacher, woodworker, or librarian, we are buffeted by chaotic forces in daily living, and we seek some safe haven. We try to discern the underlying patterns of the world and to bring our lives into conformity with them. Through painful experiences, the counsel of others, and sometimes formal education, we form an image in our minds of our place in the world and devise a plan for living. Our survival depends on it. Yet, we are more often than not cosmologists unaware. A cosmology takes shape someplace deep within our being as we attempt to engage successfully the issues of any given day: chairing a board meeting, cooking dinner, building a house, praying to God. It sustains us without our being aware of it. Paul Hiebert says it well when he notes that a cosmology is "what we think with, not what we think about.”
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