There are many ways to talk about the events from the beginning of the universe (or the earth) until now.
- In this wiki we refer to the most bare-scientific renditions as the history of the universe/earth or the natural history of the universe/earth. This is often presented in the form of evolutionary timelines.
- Evolutionary renditions that evoke a sense of awe, kinship, and/or participation in evolution we call the universe story or the epic of evolution.
- The most spiritual or personally meaningful renditions of the universe story that impact the way people live their lives, we call The Great Story.
For a more detailed comparison of these, see comparison of evolutionary narrative forms.