Today’s featured entry from the Vatican Observatory Faith and Science
“Priest of Nature – The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton” (click here for it)
It is often said that Isaac Newton wrote more about the Bible and religion than about science and math. However, his religious writings were generally unpublished, and have always been relatively inaccessible and little studied. Robert Iliffe, the author of the 2017 book Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton, tells us that this is due to a number of reasons, but that in the 21st century these writings have all become widely available. Iliffe introduces his readers to Newton’s work and to his thought. Newton was anti-Trinitarian, anti-Catholic, and had a poor opinion of St. Athanasius (to put it mildly). He sought to live a godly, almost monastic life (but he was also anti-monk). Iliffe shows Newton’s faith being central to all his work, throughout his life, whether that work was in physics, mathematics, or religion….. [click here to continue].
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