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.