At the end of the seventeenth century, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) initiated a revolution in science. At the end of the twentieth century, scholars began a revolution in the understanding of Newton. As Newton’s long-concealed private papers on theology become increasingly accessible, students of Newton’s thought are coming to see Newton as more than a scientist.
The author of the Principia mathematica was a true Renaissance man who spent decades delving in the secrets of alchemy and even longer studying the Bible, theology and church history. Leaving behind at least two and a half million words on theology, Newton was one of the greatest lay theologians of his age. A study of Newton’s theology and prophetic views illuminates the life of this great thinker and helps us understand his science.
This website provides downloadable academic papers by Stephen David Snobelen that explore Newton’s theology, prophetic views and the interaction between his science and his religion. These resources include substantial quotations from Newton’s unpublished theological manuscripts.