Book reviewer wonders: How could Newton have been a scientist and a theist?
|October 9, 2013||Posted by News under Books of interest, News, Religion, Science|
The life of Isaac Newton falls into two halves, and the main problem for Newton studies is how to fit them together. In the first half he was a sulky Cambridge mathematician who, at the age of 44, astonished the world with a work of natural science that was soon recognised as one of the greatest books ever written. In the second he was a sleek London gentleman wallowing in power, wealth and prestige and devoting his intellectual energy to esoteric studies of the Bible. How could they be the same person?
How about, there isn’t really a problem?
No question, Newton’s theology was odd. But maybe lots of people’s theology would sound odd if their lives received so much scrutiny.
Why have organizations like American Scientific Affiliation (self-described Christians in science) so miserably failed that it is taken for granted that this is even a problem?
Didn’t acceptance of methodological naturalism (atheism) and “consensus science” (lifetime jobs for tenured hacks ) finally have a price? Every form of refuge does.