[Milton-L] Milton and Newton (Again?)
nbcharlton at comcast.net
Thu Sep 24 12:18:23 EDT 2009
My apologies; I sent that last message too hastily (Hardly because an
apple fell on my head!) . I should have said that the BLB contains, not
a list of references, but Newton's entire book, /Observations Upon the
Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John /with links to each
chapter. Hardly a facsimile edition, but Newton's content is there.
Haven't read much of it, but enough to conclude that Newton was a trivia
buff more interested in details such a how the disciples rubbed ears of
corn, and dismisses the miracles in a word. He was obviously a careful
scientist who saw the primacy of fact but perhaps stopped short of
investigating what couldn't be explained so definitely. Is it fair to
say that alchemy, having a physical basis owever incorrect, offered him
a more comfortable reliance than faith?
Milton, so far I know, never dabbled in black arts, and saw no great
conflict between science (in the older sense) and religious truth.
Nancy Charlton wrote:
> If it's any help, Blue Letter Bible has an article on Newton with a
> long list of biblical references, mostly in the apocalypses, that he
> cited. And PBS had a film about his interest in alchemy a few years ago.
> Nancy Charlton
> Jeffrey Shoulson wrote:
>> For those of you not already familiar with it, Matt Goldish's,
>> Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (1998), is a very fine
>> piece of scholarship. Matt worked closely with Dick Popkin, as well.
>> Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
>> Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
>> University of Miami
>> PO Box 248145
>> Coral Gables, FL 33124-4632
>> (o) 305-284-5596
>> (f) 305-284-5635
>> jshoulson at miami.edu <mailto:jshoulson at miami.edu>
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