Isaac Newton (Born January 4, 1643)

Isaac Newton has been called “the greatest scientific genius the world has known.” It was Newton who proposed the law of universal gravitation, and it was his three laws of motion that form the basic principles of modern physics. But it wasn’t until after his death in 1727 that his plethora of religious writings were published. Newton was significantly influenced by the books of the New Testament, quoting them regularly in his own theological commentaries.

He wrote: “The first principles of the Christian religion are founded, not on disputable conclusions or conjectures . . . but on the express words of Christ and his Apostles; and we are to hold fast the form of sound words”—a direct reference to 2 Timothy 1:13.

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