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The Resource Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton, Robert Iliffe

Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton, Robert Iliffe

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Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton
Title
Priest of nature
Title remainder
the religious worlds of Isaac Newton
Statement of responsibility
Robert Iliffe
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • "After Sir Isaac Newton revealed his discovery that white light was compounded of more 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." -- Publisher's description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Iliffe, Rob
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
B1299.N34
LC item number
I45 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Religion
  • Religion
Label
Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton, Robert Iliffe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A rational Christian -- A divine web -- A spiritual ant -- Infinity and the imagination -- From liberty to heresy -- Abominable men -- Prisca Newtoniana -- Methodising the apocalypse -- Divine persecution -- The end of the world -- Private prosecutions -- Critical friends -- A particle of divinity
Control code
855909939
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 522 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199995356
Lccn
2013032052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027281700
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
12370040
System control number
(OCoLC)855909939
Label
Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton, Robert Iliffe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A rational Christian -- A divine web -- A spiritual ant -- Infinity and the imagination -- From liberty to heresy -- Abominable men -- Prisca Newtoniana -- Methodising the apocalypse -- Divine persecution -- The end of the world -- Private prosecutions -- Critical friends -- A particle of divinity
Control code
855909939
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 522 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199995356
Lccn
2013032052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027281700
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
12370040
System control number
(OCoLC)855909939

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