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p. 726. One of God’s chosen fewlocked

  • Rob Iliffe

Abstract

‘One of God's chosen few’ explains how at some point, probably in the early 1670s, Newton became a radical anti-trinitarian, holding that the conventional doctrine of the Holy Trinity was an incomprehensible and diabolical corruption introduced by perverters of scripture in the fourth century after Christ. In one gigantic exposition of Revelation that is almost certainly from the period 1675–85, Newton provided ‘demonstrations’ of his views much as he would do in the Principia. Newton believed that he had been chosen by God to discover the truth about the decline of Christianity, and he believed it to be by far the most important work he would ever undertake.

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