Chaos passes by a process of evolution into a cosmos, and this again into chaos.
In modern times the work has been the theme of a generous appreciation in several pages of Humboldt's Cosmos (ii.
The name of Re, the sun-god, was generally joined to Ammon, especially in his title as " king of the gods ": the rule of heaven belonged to the sun-god in the Egyptian cosmos, and this identification with Re was only logical for a supreme deity.
Passing by Buddhism, which, though teaching the periodic destruction of our world by fire, &c., does not seek to determine the ultimate origin of the cosmos, we come to those early Greek physical philosophers who distinctly set themselves to eliminate the idea of divine interference with the world by representing its origin and changes as a natural process.
Seth Pringle-Pattison, Man's Place in the Cosmos (1897); H.