Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac NewtonSir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) is famous for, among other things:

  1. His discovery of the law of universal gravitation,
  2. The formulation of the Three Laws of Motion that make possible the discipline of dynamics and all its subdivisions, and
  3. His development of the calculus into  a comprehensive branch of mathematics, now a basic tool in every science.

He anticipated the great Law of Energy Conservation, developed the Particle Theory of light propagation, and as an astronomer constructed the first reflecting telescope.

This man of gigantic intellect was also a genuine believer in Christ as his Savior and in the Bible as God’s Word. He wrote many books on Biblical subject, especially prophecy. This was not a senile aberration, as som have alleged, as he was a committed believer from his youth. He even wrote a book defending the Ussher Chronology against those who would try to push back the date of creation. He wrote strong papers refuting atheism and defending creation and the Bible. He believed that the worldwide Flood of the Bible accounted for most of the geological phenomena, and he believed in the literal six-day creation record.

We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.

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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        • But then you don’t think it’s quite absurd (and enormously disingenuous) to credit Newton as a creationist? It’s not as if there was an alternative in his time. It’s like saying he didn’t believe in electricity – it doesn’t mean anything.

          • Newton was insanely smart, but he was a physicist, not a biologist/geologist/geneticist or any of the like. He would have had no reason to come up a theory of evolution on his own. In fact, most of the evidence for evolution hadn’t even been collected at this point.

          • You forget, once again, that a real scientist, in Sir Isaac’s day, did not specialize nearly to the extent that scientists do today. And Sir Isaac was no exception.

          • Darwin actually wasn’t the first to propose evolution. In fact, ideas of evolution date back all the way to the ancient Greeks. So evolutionistic thinking did in fact exist at the time of these creation scientists, yet they chose to believe in Creation.