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Essays on the Context, Nature, and Influence of Isaac Newton’s Theology

Authors: Force, J.E., Popkin, R.H.

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This collection of essays is the fruit of about fifteen years of discussion and research by James Force and me. As I look back on it, our interest and concern with Newton's theological ideas began in 1975 at Washington University in St. Louis. James Force was a graduate student in philosophy and I was a professor there. For a few years before, I had been doing research and writing on Millenarianism and Messianism in the 17th and 18th centuries, touching occasionally on Newton. I had bought a copy of Newton's Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John for a few pounds and, occasionally, read in it. In the Spring of 1975 I was giving a graduate seminar on Millenarian and Messianic ideas in the development of modem philosophy. Force was in the seminar. One day he came very excitedly up to me and said he wanted to write his dissertation on William Whiston. At that point in history, the only thing that came to my mind about Whiston was that he had published a, or the, standard translation of Josephus (which I also happened to have in my library. ) Force told me about the amazing views he had found in Whiston's notes on Josephus and in some of the few writings he could find in St. Louis by, or about, Whiston, who was Newton's successor as Lucasian Professor of mathematics at Cambridge and who wrote inordinately on Millenarian theology.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Some Further Comments on Newton and Maimonides

    Popkin, Richard H.

    Pages 1-7

  • The Crisis of Polytheism and the Answers of Vossius, Cudworth, and Newton

    Popkin, Richard H.

    Pages 9-25

  • Polytheism, Deism, and Newton

    Popkin, Richard H.

    Pages 27-42

  • The Newtonians and Deism

    Force, James E.

    Pages 43-73

  • Newton’s God of Dominion: The Unity of Newton’s Theological, Scientific, and Political Thought

    Force, James E.

    Pages 75-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essays on the Context, Nature, and Influence of Isaac Newton’s Theology
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
129
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1944-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1944-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0583-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7368-4
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 226
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