Newton's Argument for Biblical and Christian Primacy

    Sir Isaac Newton. The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended. London: Printed for J. Tonson and J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1728.

    First edition. Large octavo. xvi, [ii], 376 pages. Illustrated with three folding plates of the Temple of Solomon.

    Full speckled calf with gilt titles on a red morocco spine label inside five raised bands, spine ruled in gilt. All edges sprinkled red. Professionally rebacked in period style leather. Moderate edge and corner wear to the boards. Two leaves professionally repaired. Minor foxing to the endpapers. Previous owner's initials on front pastedown. Top edge dust-soiled. Internal contents very clean. A sturdy copy in very good condition.

    "Newton used the materials about polytheism to make essentially the same point as Cudworth and Vossius and to establish that there was an original, uncorrupt, monotheistic Ur-religion which had degenerated, through various reductive mechanisms, into polytheism. In his Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, Newton used astronomical data to argue that the Bible was the oldest document in the world and that the events of Biblical history preceded those of other ancient histories" (James E. Force and Richard H. Popkin, Essays on the Context, Nature, and Influence of Isaac Newton's Theology, p. 31).

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