“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”
Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He discovered the laws of motion and universal gravitation. Additionally, he invented calculus and the “generalized binomial theorem.”
Along with Johannes Kepler and Blaise Pascal, Newton was one of the scientists who led the Scientific Revolution in the seventeenth century. The Scientific Revolution unlocked the secrets of the universe previously undiscovered, in turn unleashing the technology of our modern world.
Newton discovered some of the most fundamental laws of nature. His findings, published in a three-book collection called “Principia,” unleashed a new idea that natural laws existed in the first place, simply awaiting discovery.
Albert Einstein kept a picture of Newton on his study wall. Einstein said of Newton’s contribution to our modern world: “In the beginning, God created Newton’s laws of motion together with the necessary masses and forces. This is all; everything beyond this follows from the development of appropriate mathematical methods by means of deduction.”
CENTERED ON CHRIST
Newton viewed his discoveries through the lens of his faith in God. He inferred the existence of God from the solar system. In “Principia,” Newton wrote: “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being…. This being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as the Lord over all, and on account of his dominion, he is wont to be called ‘Lord, God’...”
Newton’s thoughts and notes reveal his passion for the Christian Bible. Newton wrote more about God and Jesus than he did about science and mathematics! Newton wrote around four million words about God and God’s relationship to the universe. His research includes essays about the nature of God; the nature and historical role of Jesus; the history of the Bible; and the evolution of Christian doctrine.