1. Interview: 'Faith and Reason' Transcript
, Johannes Kepler , and Isaac Newton were men of deep faith who forged their vision of the Heavens as
an offshoot of their theology.
DR. DAVIES: Scientists were all deeply religious, and they believed that in doing their science they were
2. Interview: George Coyne
modern science people like Isaac Newton, Descartes , and Galileo were all very religious
people. So doing science is not inherently incompatible with religious faith.
However the great successes of science - Galileo's telescopic observations,
3. General Term: Newton, Isaac (1642-1727)
Newton, Isaac (1642-1727) English
natural philosopher. His Works include: Mathematical
Principles of Natural Philosophy , 1687. Opticks ,
1704. His importance lay in the areas of: Gravity, mathematics, optics,
4. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: An Introduction to Divine Action: Isaac ...
to Divine Action: Isaac Newton s God
Newton would have subscribed to the
following six ways in which God was active:
the creation of matter and setting it in motion in accordance
with certain prescribed laws;
5. Intro Topic: The Birth of Modern Cosmology
demonstrated by Isaac Newton later in the century. With his own law of gravity
Newton showed that the same force which keeps our feet anchored to the ground
was also responsible for keeping the moon in orbit around the earth, and
6. General Term: Heliocentric
Aristotle s views.
Newton (1642-1727) finally cements this revolution with the 1/d 2
gravitational law, which gives a proper explanation of the elliptical orbits of
the planets, and of motion on the earth.
all, it is
7. Neuroscience Topic: The Person in Modern Thought
as developed by Isaac Newton , matter was also seen as inert, or
passive. But matter in Newton's conception, rather than being
moved by immanent forms, was moved by external, physical forces.
This raised a dilemma: if we maintain the
8. Intro Topic: History
Johannes Kepler , and Isaac Newton
- saw their new vision of the universe as an offshoot of their theology. Newton.
in particular, was a religious fanatic whose whole life work can be seen as a
search for God. Even the infamous Galileo was
9. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Science and Divine Action
by considering how the great
Newton would have thought of Gods action. After An
Introduction to Divine Action: Isaac Newtons God we show how this thinking
could lead to a God of the gaps model.
Crucial to many modern attempts to
10. General Term: Classical Mechanics
based on the work of Isaac Newton and on
three-dimensional Euclidean geometry, also called Newtonian mechanics .
Recall that in classical physics, nature is described as a closed causal
system of matter in motion and governed