The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton: Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge

John Chambers. Destiny, $35 (480p) ISBN 978-1-62055-204-9
In this detailed book, the late academic Chambers (1939–2017) takes readers into the strange spiritual and occult world of Isaac Newton (1643–1727). Newton, known primarily as a physicist, a mathematician, and the author of Principia Mathematica, also practiced alchemy, researched prophetic biblical notions, and wrote extensively on theology and religion. Although he was a Christian, his theological views were considered heretical because he was anti-trinitarian (he denied that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one, inseparable entity) and did not see Jesus Christ as equal with God. Chambers (The Secret Life of Genius) dedicates a large portion of the book to Newton’s research on God and the universe—he believed biblical texts had been corrupted and that science held the most accurate account of God—and also dissects his thoughts on the Trinity, which were greatly influenced by fourth-century theologian Athanasius of Alexandria. The biggest surprise in Chambers’s tome is the revelation that Newton conducted extensive research into the Noah’s Ark story and the lost city of Atlantis. The book is aimed squarely at Newton fans, who will be delighted by Chambers’s insightful, thorough investigation. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/26/2018
Release date: 02/01/2018
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