By James E. Force, Richard H. Popkin (auth.)
This number of essays is the fruit of approximately fifteen years of dialogue and examine by means of James strength and me. As i glance again on it, our curiosity and drawback with Newton's theological rules started in 1975 at Washington college in St. Louis. James strength used to be a graduate scholar in philosophy and that i used to be a professor there. for many years sooner than, I were doing examine and writing on Millenarianism and Messianism within the seventeenth and 18th centuries, touching sometimes on Newton. I had obtained a replica of Newton's Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John for a couple of kilos and, sometimes, learn in it. within the Spring of 1975 i used to be giving a graduate seminar on Millenarian and Messianic rules within the improvement of modem philosophy. strength was once within the seminar. at some point he got here very excitedly as much as me and stated he desired to write his dissertation on William Whiston. At that time in historical past, the single factor that got here to my brain approximately Whiston was once that he had released a, or the, common translation of Josephus (which I additionally occurred to have in my library. ) strength instructed me concerning the notable perspectives he had present in Whiston's notes on Josephus and in the various few writings he may well locate in St. Louis through, or approximately, Whiston, who was once Newton's successor as Lucasian Professor of arithmetic at Cambridge and who wrote inordinately on Millenarian theology.
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