Priest of Nature

The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton

Author: Rob Iliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199995354


Page: 522

View: 482

For centuries, the exact nature of Isaac Newton's religious beliefs has been a matter of intense debate, in part because so very few of his theological works were accessible to public scrutiny. During his lifetime Newton carefully monitored what he published, and with good reason. Hisreligious writings, which comprise a major part of the manuscripts-containing millions of words-that are now available for view reveal markedly unorthodox views, such as the denial of the Trinity, an admission that would have substantially damaged his public reputation and perhaps endangered hislife. In Priest of Nature, historian Rob Iliffe examines all the evidence and offers the definitive work on the religious views of the man who fundamentally changed how we look at the universe. Tracing Newton's life from his birth through his years at Cambridge, his tenure as Warden and Master of the Mint, and his twenty-four years as president of the Royal Society, continuing to his death in 1727, Iliffe examines how Newton managed the complex boundaries between private and publicprofessions of belief. While previous scholars and biographers have attempted to find coherence in his intellectual pursuits, Iliffe shows how wide-ranging and Catholic Newton's views and interests in fact were, taking issue with those who have attempted to underestimate their range and complexity.Arguing that there is no simplistic coherence between Newton's philosophical and religious views, Priest of Nature delves into the religious writings Newton produced during his life, from his account of the sexually depraved lives of the early monks to his views about the creation of the world andthe Apocalypse, showing that Newton's techniques for prosecuting those he saw as the corrupters of Christianity were identical to the ones he used against those who attacked his science. A portrait of the religious and spiritual life of Newton, Priest of Nature is at the same time a vibrant biography of one of history's towering scientific figures.


Priest of Nature

Author: Jean Markale

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 162055450X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 6514

Was Merlin a mythical character or a real person? If he was a real person, when and where did he live? In this provocative survey of all the known literary and historical sources, Jean Markale pieces together a compelling story of who and what Merlin might have been. Combining his investigation of the sources with fragments of Celtic mythology, Druidic culture, and the esoteric tradition, Markale draws an enlightening portrait of the archetypal Wild Man and shaman known as Merlin, who lived in the Lowlands of Scotland late in the sixth century, some fifty years after the reign of King Arthur. In a state of divine madness Merlin sought refuge in the forest, where he inherited the gift of prophecy. With him was his companion, Vivian, an essential element of the Merlin legend. Their sacred clearing in the woods--described in some legends as an invisible castle of glass or air--was the site of their ecstatic journey of enlightenment and union with nature. From his place in the Cosmic Tree and outside of time, Merlin the enchanter challenges us to reexamine our way of life. When the Merlin legend resurfaced in the twelth century, his message of the universal brotherhood of all beings and things called out to a rapidly urbanizing society that was losing touch with nature. His warning, which went unheeded, is no less relevant to us today than it was at the dawn of the modern era.


Einstein, Bohr und die große Debatte über das Wesen der Wirklichkeit

Author: Manjit Kumar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783827010193


Page: 540

View: 781

John Locke

The Philosopher as Christian Virtuoso

Author: Victor Nuovo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019880055X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

View: 6745

Early modern Europe was the birthplace of the modern secular outlook. During the seventeenth century nature and human society came to be regarded in purely naturalistic, empirical ways, and religion was made an object of critical historical study. John Locke was a central figure in all these events. This study of his philosophical thought shows that these changes did not happen smoothly or without many conflicts of belief: Locke, in the role of Christian Virtuoso, endeavoured to resolve them. He was an experimental natural philosopher, a proponent of the so-called 'new philosophy', a variety of atomism that emerged in early modern Europe. But he was also a practising Christian, and he professed confidence that the two vocations were not only compatible, but mutually sustaining. He aspired, without compromising his empirical stance, to unite the two vocations in a single philosophical endeavour with the aim of producing a system of Christian philosophy.



Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 3894808454

Category: Fiction

Page: 1152

View: 8858

Der erste Band der gefeierten »Barock-Trilogie« Europa, um 1665: Daniel Waterhouse, Querdenker, Puritaner und Verächter der alten Geheimwissenschaften, strebt mit seinem Freund Isaac Newton und einigen anderen großen Geistern des barocken Europa nach Wissen und Erkenntnis, während die Welt ringsum ein einziges Chaos ist. Überall ringt die Vernunft mit dem blutigen Ehrgeiz der Mächtigen, und jederzeit können Katastrophen – ob natürlich oder hausgemacht – die politische Landschaft über Nacht verändern. In dieser Zeit steigt Jack Shaftoe vom Londoner Gassenjungen zum legendären König der Vagabunden auf. Er riskiert Leib und Leben für sein Glück und seine Liebe – und verliert durch die Syphilis schleichend den Verstand. Gleichzeitig schlägt sich seine Geliebte Eliza, die er aus einem türkischen Harem befreit hat, bis zum Hof Ludwigs XIV. durch, wird Mätresse, Spionin und Schachfigur in den Händen von königlichen Staatenlenkern. Die Wege von Daniel, Jack und Eliza führen kreuz und quer durch das zerrissene Europa, sie berühren und verschlingen sich, während allerorten ein neues Zeitalter seine Schatten voraus wirft ...

The Monthly Review

Author: Ralph Griffiths,George Edward Griffiths

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bibliography

Page: N.A

View: 3097

Editors: May 1749-Sept. 1803, Ralph Griffiths; Oct. 1803-Apr. 1825, G. E. Griffiths.

A Companion to Thomas Hardy

Author: Keith Wilson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405156686

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 488

View: 9205

Through original essays from a distinguished team of international scholars and Hardy specialists, A Companion to Thomas Hardy provides a unique, one–volume resource, which encompasses all aspects of Hardy′s major novels, short stories, and poetry Informed by the latest in scholarly, critical, and theoretical debates from some of the world′s leading Hardy scholars Reveals groundbreaking insights through examinations of Hardy s major novels, short stories, poetry, and drama Explores Hardy′s work in the context of the major intellectual and socio–cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for subsequent writers

Orpheus, Priest of Nature, and Prophet of Infidelity; Or, the Eleusinian Mysteries Revived. a Poem, in Three Cantos. the Second Edition


Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions

ISBN: 9781385211977


Page: 44

View: 1826

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Western literary study flows out of eighteenth-century works by Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, Denis Diderot, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. Experience the birth of the modern novel, or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ Harvard University Houghton Library N010615 A satire on the writings of David Williams, founder of the Literary Fund. London: printed for J. Debrett (successor to Mr. Almon); and sold by J. Fielding; and G. Kearsley, 1782. [2],41, [1]p.; 4°

The Scientific Revolution

Author: Peter Harman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135028583

Category: Philosophy

Page: 36

View: 2899

Originally published in 1983.This volume outlines some of the important innovations in astronomy, natural philosophy and medicine which took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and shows how the transformation in world-view during the period was affected by broader historical terms. Themes such as the spread of Puritanism, the decline of witchcraft and magic, and the incorporation of science as an integral part of the intellectual milieu of late seventeenth-century England.

The Analyst

A Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature, Natural History, and the Fine Arts

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 1317

Newtons Werk

Die Begründung der modernen Naturwissenschaft


Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3034862237

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 325

View: 6856

The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199567417

Category: Science

Page: 148

View: 8742

Lawrence M. Principe takes a fresh approach to the story of the scientific revolution, emphasising the historical context of the society and its world view at the time. From astronomy to alchemy and medicine to geology, he tells this fascinating story from the perspective of the historical characters involved.