William Whiston

William Whiston holding a cometary orbit diagram. Portrait: unknown.William Whiston (1667-1752) was the succes­sor to Sir Isaac Newton at Cambridge University (1703). He had dedicated to Sir Isaac his book A New Theory of the Earth which, like that of Thomas Burnet, was a har­mony of the Biblical record of creation and the flood with the growing data of physics and geology. Newton himself responded very favorably to both works. Although both seemed to make perhaps too much of an attempt to devise strictly naturalistic explanations for the phenomena in­volved, they did accept the Biblical accounts as fully his­torical, with their implication of a recent creation and flood geology.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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