Isaac Newton's religious views influenced his lifetime of work. Sir Isaac NewtonEnglishphysicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, theologian and alchemist. While Newton's fame came from his work in the field of science, his work on Biblical hermeneutics was the work he most loved. He also wrote many works that would now be classified as occult studies. was an
Richard Westfall, the leading biographer says: "Well before 1675, Newton had become an Arian in the original sense of the term." That is, Newton did not believe in the Trinity. Westfall adds, his views "remained unaltered until his death."Arianism" was an ancient Christian heresy, and was no longer an organized religion with well-established doctrines. Newton kept it secret because heresy would lead to termination of his appointments at Cambridge University and the Mint. Nevertheless, says Westfall, "He identified himself with Arius, both intellectually and emotionally."
Newton wrote a number of religious tracts dealing with the literal interpretation of the Bible, as he considered himself to be one of a select group of individuals who were specially chosen by God for the task of understanding Biblical scripture.law of gravitymonotheistic God as the masterful creator whose existence could not be denied in the face of the grandeur of all creation. Newton’s conception of the physical world provided a stable model of the natural world that would reinforce stability and harmony in the civic world. The became Newton's best-known discovery, but Newton saw a
Although born into an Anglican family, by his thirties Newton held a Christian faith that, had it been made public, would not have been considered orthodox by mainstream Christianity; in recent times he has been described as heretical to orthodoxy.
Though he is better known for his love of science, the Bible was Sir Isaac Newton's greatest passion. He devoted more time to the study of Scripture than to science, and he said, "I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily." He spent a great deal of time trying to discover hidden messages within the Bible. After 1690, Newton wrote a number of religious tracts dealing with the literal interpretation of the Bible. In a manuscript Newton wrote in 1704 in which he describes his attempts to extract scientific information from the Bible, he estimated that the world would end no earlier than 2060. In predicting this he said, "This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be, but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end, and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail."
Newton's prophecy Newton was a strong believer in prophetic interpretation of the Bible and considered himself to be one of a select group of individuals who were specially chosen by God for the task of understanding Biblical scripture.
Unlike a prophet in the classical sense of the word, Newton relied upon existing Scripture to prophesy for him, believing his interpretations would set the record straight in the face of what he considered to be, "so little understood".
Though he would never write a cohesive body of work on Prophecy, Newton's beliefs would lead him to write several treatises on the subject, including an unpublished guide for prophetic interpretation entitled, Rules for interpreting the words & language in Scripture. In this manuscript he details the necessary requirements for what he considered to be the proper interpretation of the Bible.
Main article: Isaac Newton's occult studies Over the years, a large amount of media attention and public interest has circulated regarding largely unknown and unpublished documents, evidently written by Isaac Newton, that indicate he believed the world could end in 2060 AD. (Newton also had many other possible dates e.g 2034) The juxtaposition of Newton, popularly seen by some as the embodiment of scientific rationality with a seemingly irrational prediction of the "end of the world", would invariably lend itself to cultural sensationalism.
To understand the reasoning behind the 2060 prediction, an understanding of Newton's theological beliefs should be taken into account, particularly his antitrinitarian beliefs and those negative views he held about the Papacy. Both of these lay essential to his calculations, which are themselves based upon specific chronological dates which he believed had already transpired and were prophesied within the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel within the Christian Bible.
Despite the dramatic nature of a prediction of the end of the world, Newton may not have been referring to the 2060 date as a destructive act resulting in the annihilation of the earth and its inhabitants, but rather one in which he believed the world was to be replaced with a new one based upon a transition to an era of divinely inspired peace. In Christian and Islamic theology, this concept is often referred to as The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of The Kingdom of God on Earth. In Judaism it is often referred to as the Messianic era or the "Yamei Moshiach" (Days of the Messiah). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton%27s_religious_views
And here, I thought he was only good for the apple dropping concept.
And perhaps a free mason as well. The man was busy and interesting.
Regarding alchemy, turning lead into gold would be a handy skill at this time. However, as a point of interest, if recent metal availability charts are to be believed, known deposits of lead will be tapped out within 8 years and silver within 9. Just as a point of interest.
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