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A View from the Altar / Newton on creation
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Newton on creation

Now by the help of these Principles, all material Things seem to have been composed of the hard and solid Particles above-mention’d, variously associated with the first Creation by the Counsel of an intelligent Agent.  For it became him who created them to set them in order.  And if he did so, it’s unphilosophical to seek for any other Origin of the World, or to pretend that it might arise out of a Chaos by the mere Laws of Nature; though being once form’d it may continue by those Laws for many Ages.  For while Comets move in very excentrick Orbs in all manner of Positions, blind Fate could never make all the Planets move one and the same way in Orbs concentrick, some inconsiderable Irregularities excepted, which may have risen from the mutual Actions of Comets and Planets upon one another, and which will be apt to increase, till this System wants a Reformation.  Such a wonderful Uniformity in the Planetary System must be allowed the Effect of Choice.

— Isaac Newton, Opticks, p378-9

One Comment

  1. I’ve never read that …very worthwhile to know.

    thanks!

    Posted on 08-Nov-10 at 14:22 pm | Permalink

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