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

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

by J.E. Force, R.H. Popkin

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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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789401073684
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 10/05/2011
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées , #129
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1990
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 909,057
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Some Further Comments on Newton and Maimonides.- 2. The Crisis of Polytheism and the Answers of Vossius, Cudworth, and Newton.- 3. Polytheism, Deism, and Newton.- 4. The Newtonians and Deism.- 5. Newton’s God of Dominion: The Unity of Newton’s Theological, Scientific, and Political Thought.- 6. Newton as a Bible Scholar.- 7. Sir Isaac Newton, “Gentleman of Wide Swallow”?: Newton and the Latitudinarians.- 8. The Breakdown of the Newtonian Synthesis of Science and Religion: Hume, Newton, and the Royal Society.- 9. Newton and Fundamentalism, II.- 10. Hume’s Interest in Newton and Science.

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