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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475172133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475172133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Michael Parker on November 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
The theory the author proposes is an expansion of the Mormon concept of the three degrees of glory. He argues the Milky Way galaxy is divided into three zones (think of a paper archery target), with the inner portion of the galaxy being a "celestial" area (a Mormon term for the dwelling-place of God), the middle portion a "terrestrial" area, and the outermost portion a "telestial" area. These rings are separated from one another by dust lanes that prevent us, out in the telestial zone, from seeing the others. When the earth was created, it was near Kolob in the celestial (central) area of the galaxy, but was moved into the telestial zone before the creation of man. The earth will eventually move back to a terrestrial location, and the stars around us will go by so quickly that they will appear to "fall from heaven." Eventually, it will return to the celestial zone.

The author lists his sources in the bibliography at the end of the book. For his research he consulted three astronomy books, all of which were written in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Needless to say, there have been considerable (!) advances in astronomical research that leave his conclusions wanting. For example, while visible light from the galactic core is largely obscured by dust, we are able to penetrate it with x-ray and infrared telescopes, and astronomers have even recently confirmed that a supermassive black hole lies at the center of our galaxy.

In short, the author's theory is driven solely by his overly-fundamentalist interpretation of the scriptural creation accounts, and has no basis in reality.

As a believing Latter-day Saint, I've been concerned by the number of other Mormons who have been convinced by Hilton's "Theorem." He has gone well beyond the known limits of LDS doctrine, and much further beyond the known truths of science.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J'aiPourToi on September 4, 2009
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This book is full of inconsistencies and makes faulty use of science to support its premise. The author's theorem seems to stem from his seeing the Mexican Hat galaxy, which he describes as being neatly divided into three kingdoms separated by veils of dust. Unfortunately, galaxies are not all the same. There are elliptical, spiral, peculiar, and irregular galaxies. Many of these have no rings (veils) of dust, or they have many more than three. To see the wide variety, I suggest the author research NGC 4650A, NGC 1705, NGC 2787, and M51.

Points to ponder:

The gospel is very organized and follows a consistent structure. If a galaxy represents one god's domain (celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms), why are they not all constructed in the same manner? If the author took a college astronomy class, he would realize that his analogies are poorly constructed. To suggest that each galaxy is one god's celestial kingdom really doesn't make sense.

For example, scriptures liken the celestial kingdom to one entity-the sun, the terrestrial to one entity-the moon, and the telestial to many entities--the stars. Yet the author suggests that there are many celestial and terrestrial worlds within one god's galaxy, in our case, the Milky Way.

Moreover, the scriptures say we can become like God. Would we not then have our own galaxy? The author suggests that we would remain in the Milky Way.

And how does the author explain merging and colliding galaxies? If we are eternal beings, why would we have a celestial kingdom that is destroyed by another, or merges with another? More to the point, the Milky way and the Andromeda Galaxies are on a collision course towards each other. Eventually they will collide.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Steve B on December 2, 2013
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The book is not especially well-written or edited, but it is a very interesting hypothesis. After all, if we Latter-Day Saints believe Kolob and the Celestial Kingdom are somewhere, and that "there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom," then we cannot help but regard the galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and vast spaces between them in terms of divine creations governing and being governed by each other. To see the marvels of the universe solely as scientifically-described objects is a sterile reductionism. And in point of fact, much of which science purports to "know" -- so confidently set forth by other reviewers -- is in fact theory. No one has ever seen the supermassive black hole alleged to lie at the center of this or any other galaxy. In fact, no one has ever directly imaged a black hole at all, which is why physicists like Stephen Hawking and the late John Wheeler, who have written so much about the structure and properties of black holes, have never won any Nobel Prizes; no one can verify their predictions about theoretical objects. Even Cygnus X-1 is merely a very energetic, invisible companion star that may or may not be a black hole -- but no one has ever actually seen it, or even its event horizon (this in contrast to other superdense exotica like neutron stars and white dwarfs). Another reviewer mentioned veils of "dark matter." "Dark matter" is completely hypothetical, inferred to exist because of its alleged gravitational influence. As with black holes, it may or may not exist; despite the current confidence of astronomers, it has not been observed at all, and no one knows what it might be.Read more ›
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