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Single Idea 15863

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 1. Laws of Nature]

Full Idea

When I wrote my treatise about our system, I had an eye upon such principles as might work with considering men, for the belief of a deity.

Gist of Idea

The principles of my treatise are designed to fit with a belief in God


Isaac Newton (Letters to Bentley [1692], 1692.12.10)

Book Reference

Newton,Isaac: 'Philosophical Writings' [CUP 2004], p.94

A Reaction

Harré quotes this, and it shows that the rather passive view of nature Newton developed was to be supplemented by the active power of God. Without God, we need a more active view of nature.