Newton and Religion

Westfall, I. B.Cohen, Frank Manuel, and others looked at the manuscripts andgave their views on Newton's religion and its relationto his science. Thelate Betty Jo Teeters Dobbs studied the alchemical materials inher books on the subject ...

Author: J.E. Force

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401724265

Category: History

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Over the past twenty-five years - since the very large collection of Newton's papers became available and began to be seriously examined - the beginnings of a new picture of Newton has emerged. This volume of essays builds upon the foundation of its authors in their previous works and extends and elaborates the emerging picture of the `new' Newton, the great synthesizer of science and religion as revealed in his intellectual context.

Priest of Nature

The first major book on Isaac Newton's religious writings in nearly four decades that negotiates the complex boundaries between the scientific genius's public and private faith

Author: Rob Iliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199995356

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For centuries, the exact nature of Isaac Newton's religious beliefs has been a matter of intense debate, in part because so very few of his theological works were accessible to public scrutiny. During his lifetime Newton carefully monitored what he published, and with good reason. Hisreligious writings, which comprise a major part of the manuscripts-containing millions of words-that are now available for view reveal markedly unorthodox views, such as the denial of the Trinity, an admission that would have substantially damaged his public reputation and perhaps endangered hislife. In Priest of Nature, historian Rob Iliffe examines all the evidence and offers the definitive work on the religious views of the man who fundamentally changed how we look at the universe. Tracing Newton's life from his birth through his years at Cambridge, his tenure as Warden and Master of the Mint, and his twenty-four years as president of the Royal Society, continuing to his death in 1727, Iliffe examines how Newton managed the complex boundaries between private and publicprofessions of belief. While previous scholars and biographers have attempted to find coherence in his intellectual pursuits, Iliffe shows how wide-ranging and Catholic Newton's views and interests in fact were, taking issue with those who have attempted to underestimate their range and complexity.Arguing that there is no simplistic coherence between Newton's philosophical and religious views, Priest of Nature delves into the religious writings Newton produced during his life, from his account of the sexually depraved lives of the early monks to his views about the creation of the world andthe Apocalypse, showing that Newton's techniques for prosecuting those he saw as the corrupters of Christianity were identical to the ones he used against those who attacked his science. A portrait of the religious and spiritual life of Newton, Priest of Nature is at the same time a vibrant biography of one of history's towering scientific figures.

Essays on the Context Nature and Influence of Isaac Newton s Theology

Some have assumed that Newton's religious writings, most of which have not yet been published, resulted either from ... More recently, Frank E. Manuel, in his Religion of Isaac Newton, has argued that Newton's religious views are ...

Author: J.E. Force

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400919440

Category: Philosophy

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This collection of essays is the fruit of about fifteen years of discussion and research by James Force and me. As I look back on it, our interest and concern with Newton's theological ideas began in 1975 at Washington University in St. Louis. James Force was a graduate student in philosophy and I was a professor there. For a few years before, I had been doing research and writing on Millenarianism and Messianism in the 17th and 18th centuries, touching occasionally on Newton. I had bought a copy of Newton's Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John for a few pounds and, occasionally, read in it. In the Spring of 1975 I was giving a graduate seminar on Millenarian and Messianic ideas in the development of modem philosophy. Force was in the seminar. One day he came very excitedly up to me and said he wanted to write his dissertation on William Whiston. At that point in history, the only thing that came to my mind about Whiston was that he had published a, or the, standard translation of Josephus (which I also happened to have in my library. ) Force told me about the amazing views he had found in Whiston's notes on Josephus and in some of the few writings he could find in St. Louis by, or about, Whiston, who was Newton's successor as Lucasian Professor of mathematics at Cambridge and who wrote inordinately on Millenarian theology.

The Religion of Isaac Newton

These lectures contend that the religion of Isaac Newton was primarily historical and scriptural, and that the metaphysical arguments about God and nature in which he became involved in the latter part of his career were not his central ...

Author: Frank Edward Manuel

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015000514375

Category: Religion and science

Page: 141

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These lectures contend that the religion of Isaac Newton was primarily historical and scriptural, and that the metaphysical arguments about God and nature in which he became involved in the latter part of his career were not his central preoccupation as homo religiosus.

The Foundations of Newton s Alchemy

Newton thought " piety and righteousness ” were the “ fundamental and immutable " part of religion , as he made explicit in a theological manuscript entitled " A Short Scheme of the True Religion . " Religion is partly fundamental and ...

Author: B. J. T. Dobbs

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 0521273811

Category: Science

Page: 300

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This book sets the foundations of Newton's alchemy in their historical context in Restoration England. It is shown that alchemical modes of thought were quite strong in many of those who provided the dynamism for the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century and that these modes of thought had important relationships with general movements for reform in the same period.

Huey P Newton

Coming from a very religious family where his father was a preacher , Newton had had his fill of religion . Said Newton , " By this time , I had had enough of religion and could not bring myself to adopt another one .

Author: Judson L. Jeffries

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578068770

Category: History

Page: 195

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Newton and Newtonianism

Newton's theology, his study of alchemy, the early reception of Newtonianism, & the history of Newtonian scholarship are topics included in the eleven essays that comprise this volume.

Author: J.E. Force

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402022388

Category: Philosophy

Page: 246

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Newton's theology, his study of alchemy, the early reception of Newtonianism, & the history of Newtonian scholarship are topics included in the eleven essays that comprise this volume.

Isaac Newton

In this Christian Encounter Series biography, author Mitch Stokes explores the life of Isaac Newton, the man behind the atomic theory.

Author: Mitch Stokes

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781418555290

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 192

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In this Christian Encounter Series biography, author Mitch Stokes explores the life of Isaac Newton, the man behind the atomic theory. As an inventor, astronomer, physicist, and philosopher, Isaac Newton forever changed the way we see and understand the world. At one point, he was the world’s leading authority in mathematics, optics, and alchemy. And surprisingly he wrote more about faith and religion than on all of these subjects combined. But his single-minded focus on knowledge and discovery was a great detriment to his health. Newton suffered from fits of mania, insomnia, depression, a nervous breakdown, and even mercury poisoning. Yet from all of his suffering came great gain. Newton saw the scientific world not as a way to refute theology, but as a way to explain it. He believed that all of creation was mandated and set in motion by God and that it was simply waiting to be “discovered” by man. Because of his diligence in both scientific and biblical study, Newton had a tremendous impact on religious thought that is still evident today.

The Religious Opinion of Milton Locke and Newton

Of the twelve articles given by Brewster from a manuscript “ On our Religion ( ? ... Other papers which 1 " give Newton's personal beliefs ” Brewster did not print . Apparently he " thought that Newton's religious convictions ...

Author: Herbert McLachlan

Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Newton the Alchemist

This reliance is particularly evident in The Janus Faces of Genius, where Dobbs argues that Newton's alchemy was primarily the expression of his heterodox religious quest, and that he equated the wisdom of the alchemists with the “true ...

Author: William R. Newman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691185033

Category: Science

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A book that finally demystifies Newton’s experiments in alchemy When Isaac Newton’s alchemical papers surfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in 1936, the quantity and seeming incoherence of the manuscripts were shocking. No longer the exemplar of Enlightenment rationality, the legendary physicist suddenly became “the last of the magicians.” Newton the Alchemist unlocks the secrets of Newton’s alchemical quest, providing a radically new understanding of the uncommon genius who probed nature at its deepest levels in pursuit of empirical knowledge. In this evocative and superbly written book, William Newman blends in-depth analysis of newly available texts with laboratory replications of Newton’s actual experiments in alchemy. He does not justify Newton’s alchemical research as part of a religious search for God in the physical world, nor does he argue that Newton studied alchemy to learn about gravitational attraction. Newman traces the evolution of Newton’s alchemical ideas and practices over a span of more than three decades, showing how they proved fruitful in diverse scientific fields. A precise experimenter in the realm of “chymistry,” Newton put the riddles of alchemy to the test in his lab. He also used ideas drawn from the alchemical texts to great effect in his optical experimentation. In his hands, alchemy was a tool for attaining the material benefits associated with the philosopher’s stone and an instrument for acquiring scientific knowledge of the most sophisticated kind. Newton the Alchemist provides rare insights into a man who was neither Enlightenment rationalist nor irrational magus, but rather an alchemist who sought through experiment and empiricism to alter nature at its very heart.