Saturday, December 08, 2012
The Enightenment and its influence on the U.S. Installment 3
The English Physicist, Isaac Newton, (1642-1727), also reduced God to his own mechanical system. He was as anxious as Descartes to rid Christianity of mysticism. Newton began with an attempt to explain the physical universe.
He believed that God was an essential part of the system. To Newton, nature was entirely passive and God was the sole source of activity. Thus as with Aristotle he believed God was simply a continuation of the natural physical order.
Newton was inclined to describe the relationship between the various celestial and terrestrial bodies in mathematical terms. He did this so as to create a coherent and comprehensive system. The notion of gravitational force which as we know, Newton introduced, drew the component parts of this system together.
Unlike his contemporaries, Pascal, and Descartes, Newton was absolutely convinced that he had proof of Gods existence.
Why didn’t the internal gravities of the various celestial bodies pull them all together into one huge mass? Because they had been carefully disposed throughout space with perfect distance between them in order to facilitate life on this planet he believed there had to be Devine intervention.
He felt that it was not to be explained by natural cause. He was forced to admit there had to be a God involved.
He believed that while gravity might have put the planets into motion that it could not have been done correctly without God’s help.
He believed that without Divine power it could never put them into such a motion as they have around the sun; therefore he was inclined to assign this system to a greater intelligent being.
If for example, the earth revolved on its axis at only 100 MPH instead of its 1000 MPH, night would be ten times longer and the planet would be too cold to sustain life.
He also knew that the daytime heat would shrivel vegetation. I am sure we all agree it is very rare occurrences having everything co-mingle perfectly.
It of course has to in order to create the perfect environment to happen and prosper. It may be rare but like many of you, I too believe it to have been a perfectly natural occurrence. You can certainly see the varied professional opinions out there at the time our country was formed. There was a tremendous confusion over reality. Just what has changed anyway?
Like Descartes, Newton had no time for mystery which he equated to stupidity and ignorance. He too was anxious to rid Christianity of mysticism. He believed that the doctrine of the Trinity, (father, son, and Holy Ghost), were false. He believed they were purposely created by the church to attract converts. What say you? Life Today The Real Story "2005"