Newton's Approach to Science: Honoring Scripture

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Presented at the Fourth Christian Scholarship Boulder, Colorado, October 9-11, 1997

Sponsored by Christian Leadership Ministries of Campus Crusade

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Abstract

Isaac Newton is recognized today by almost all scientists to have been one of the greatest, if not the greatest, scientist who ever lived. His breadth of knowledge, his ability to analyze and synthesize the physical world, his development and use of the calculus, his formulation of the three laws of motion, and the expression of the law of gravitation have been unequaled by any other scientist before or since. Yet, it is not widely known that Newton was also a Christian and a Bible scholar. He studied the Bible diligently and wrote commentaries on portions of scripture, such as his monograph on the book of Daniel. He clearly believed that God is the Creator and sustainer of our universe. Misunderstanding the source of Newton's creativity, some critics have suggested that Newton would have been more productive if he had not wasted so much time studying and writing about the Bible.

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Newton, Sagan, naturalistic worldview, supernaturalistic worldview, Genesis Flood 

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