Wednesday, June 17, 2009

References on Newton and God

a general introduction can be found in Edward B. Davis' chapter in the recent book:

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion
by Ronald L. Numbers

In it he states that Newton was not a deist but believed it was blasphemy to think that God did not constantly interact with his creation. He bases this on some letters between his associate Samuel Clarke, and Leibniz

H. G. Alexander "the Leibniz - Clarke correspondence" Manchester U. pr. 1956 pg 11-12, 14

more info maybe here also:

"God of Gods, and Lord of Lords: the theology of Isaac Newton's General Scholium to the principia" Stephen D. Snobelen, Osiris #16 (2001) pgs 169-208

hmm apparently Newton was a very complicated fellow. here is a bbc presentation on his life

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