The theology of sir isaac newton

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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA GRADUATE COLLEGE

THE THEOLOGY OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON

A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED TO THE GRAUATE FACULTY in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

By VAN ALAN HERD Norman, Oklahoma 2008

UMI Number: 3304232

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THE THEOLOGY OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON A DISSERTATION APPROVED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

________________________________ Peter Barker, Chair ________________________________ Kathleen Crowther_______________________________ Harold E. Hatt _______________________________ Allen Hertzke _______________________________ Helga Madland _______________________________ Marilyn B. Ogilvie _______________________________ Stephen P. Weldon

© Copyright by VAN ALAN HERD 2008 All Rights Reserved.

AD MAJOREM GLORIAM DEI ET AD PARENTIBUS MEIS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS To compose a foreword to one’spaltry contributions to scholarship is widely regarded to be a mundane, sedulous task. However, in the case of the present work, I feel keenly that it represents the coalescence of the efforts of many. Truly, as did the subject of this work, Sir Isaac Newton, I have stood upon the shoulders of giants, both intellectual and spiritual. Of course, the present work owes its very existence to theencouragement and support of my learned advisor and dean of scholars, Professor Peter Barker. Standing with him as recipients of my gratitude are the members of my committee whose support has manifested itself in a myriad of ways. Among these are Professor Marilyn Ogilvie, Curator of the History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma, and the Very Rev. Prof. Dr. Harold E. Hatt, DeanEmeritus of the Phillips Theological Seminary. Others who deserve accolades are Prof. Kathleen Crowther whom it was my distinct privilege to assist in her History of Science classes and who generously and unstintingly relieved me of many pedagogical duties so as to complete the present work. I must also thank my esteemed colleague, Mr. Petar Markovski, who was directly responsible for assuming much ofthe instructional burden to enable this study to be completed. Still others include Prof. Stephen P. Weldon, the Isis Bibliographer whom it was my distinct, undiluted privilege to serve as an editorial assistant for 2 full academic years. Still others to whom I owe thanks include Professors Allen Hertzke and Helga Madland who gave generously of their time to this enterprise, along with ProfessorKerry Magruder, the Librarian of the University of Oklahoma History of Science

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Collections. Finally, but most importantly, this work is an act of worship and thankfulness to Almighty God from Whom all skill and science flow. Deo gratias!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS DEDICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS-------------------------------------------------------------------iv TABLE OFCONTENTS---------------------------------------------------------------------vii CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION -------------------------------------------------------------1 Literature Survey-----------------------------------------------------------------------3 Goals, Methods, and Sources--------------------------------------------------------11Conclusion-----------------------------------------------------------------------------20 CHAPTER 2---------NEWTON AND THE CULTURE OF ENGLISH----------------22 NONCONFORMITY The New Israel-------------------------------------------------------------------------26 Sabbatarianism-------------------------------------------------------------------------32 Richard Baxter (1615-1691)---------------------------------------------------------33 The Westminster Assembly and the...
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