• Title: Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton
  • Author: Rob Iliffe
  • ISBN: 9780199995356
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Priest of Nature The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton After Sir Isaac Newton revealed his discovery that white light was compounded of basic colored rays he was hailed as a genius and became an instant international celebrity An interdisciplinary enthus
    After Sir Isaac Newton revealed his discovery that white light was compounded of basic colored rays, he was hailed as a genius and became an instant international celebrity An interdisciplinary enthusiast and intellectual giant in a number of disciplines, Newton published revolutionary, field defining works that reached across the scientific spectrum, including the PAfter Sir Isaac Newton revealed his discovery that white light was compounded of basic colored rays, he was hailed as a genius and became an instant international celebrity An interdisciplinary enthusiast and intellectual giant in a number of disciplines, Newton published revolutionary, field defining works that reached across the scientific spectrum, including the Principia Mathematica and Opticks His renown opened doors for him throughout his career, ushering him into prestigious positions at Cambridge, the Royal Mint, and the Royal Society And yet, alongside his public success, Newton harbored religious beliefs that set him at odds with law and society, and, if revealed, threatened not just his livelihood but his life.Religion and faith dominated much of Newton s life and work His papers, never made available to the public, were filled with biblical speculation and timelines along with passages that excoriated the early Church fathers Indeed, his radical theological leanings rendered him a heretic, according to the doctrines of the Anglican Church Newton believed that the central concept of the Trinity was a diabolical fraud and loathed the idolatry, cruelty, and persecution that had come to define religion in his time Instead, he proposed a simple Christianity a faith that would center on a few core beliefs and celebrate diversity in religious thinking and practice An utterly original but obsessively private religious thinker, Newton composed several of the most daring works of any writer of the early modern period, works which he and his inheritors suppressed and which have been largely inaccessible for centuries.In Priest of Nature, historian Rob Iliffe introduces readers to Newton the religious animal, deepening our understanding of the relationship between faith and science at a formative moment in history and thought Previous scholars and biographers have generally underestimated the range and complexity of Newton s religious writings, but Iliffe shows how wide ranging his observations and interests were, spanning the entirety of Christian history from Creation to the Apocalypse Iliffe s book allows readers to fully engage in the theological discussion that dominated Newton s age A vibrant biography of one of history s towering scientific figures, Priest of Nature is the definitive work on the spiritual views of the man who fundamentally changed how we look at the universe.

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    1. Who Is God?Isaac Newton took his religion as seriously as he took his science. His was a dangerous time in English history when bowing one’s head at the name of Jesus or using a bit of incense could have dire consequences for one’s prospects. It was just these sorts of liturgical trivialities that provoked the Puritan exodus to the New World and split the country between parliamentary and royalist factions in the seventeenth century.But Newton wasn’t much bothered by liturgical ritual. As [...]

    2. This is a well-researched and well-written book about Isaac Newton's examination of Church history. Newton, via his research, did not believe in the divinity of Jesus or the Trinity. He believed that Christianity fell off the rails in the fourth century with Emperor Constantine and the Nicene Council of AD 325. The main persona responsible was Athanasius of Alexandria, who Iliffe claims was a murderer, liar, forger, and thief. Excellent reading, especially for anyone interested in Church history [...]

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    4. A very thorough and very academic work, this is slow going. This work does two things extremely effectively. It places Newton in the context of his time, roiled as it was with religious conflict. More importantly, it gives us access to a whole dimension of Newton's thought and work that I have not seen treated elsewhere. Newton's obsession with church history and the interpretation of prophecy was in many ways complementary to his more familiar work in natural philosophy, with some commonality o [...]

    5. It is very possible that reading some reviews for this work set up expectations that weren't realistic. I was hoping to go into depth of Alchemy and Newton's own remarks that lead to his beliefs. For me the time of writing was dry and almost painful to read. The discussion was full of the Historical context and relationships between the authors of opposing views. I was 70 pages in before it started getting interesting to me. If you can get through the dryness of tone there is the possibility for [...]

    6. You have to be a bit of a Newton fanatic for this one. An intensely detailed exploration of Newton's religious beliefs, investigations and writings. It ties together neatly his 'scientific' approach and writings with his religious works and helps the reader understand what Newton really believed and why he behaved as he did. It also illuminates the religious fervour of the age and the nature of university life.

    7. Newton spent more time and energy trying to disprove the holy trinity and to prove that the catholic church is the devil's work than he spent on the laws of gravity and optics and mathematics.He was also a heretic who lied about his true beliefs.And he was the greatest scientist until Einstein.

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