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January 14, 2013

Newton, Voltaire and the Privilege of Hindsight

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An image of Isaac Newton with a Quote about the value of the Bible

In the 1700’s Sir Isaac Newton made the following statement: “A new mode of travel shall be invented in the last days. Knowledge will be so increased that man will be able to travel at a rate of 50 miles an hour.”

Scoffing at the declaration, the atheist of the day, Voltaire, responded to Isaac Newton with the following assault:

Now look at that mighty mind of Newton who studied gravitation. When he became an old man and got into his second childhood, he began to study the book that is called the Bible.

Image of the atheist philosopher Voltaire

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And it seems in order to credit its fabulous nonsense we must believe that the knowledge of mankind will be so increased that he will be able to travel at the rate of 50 miles an hour. The poor dullard! No man can travel at the rate of 30 miles an hour and get his breath!

There is nothing new under the sun. Rest in faith, brothers and sisters. In time all Truth will be known.

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About the Author

Joe Christian
Joe Christian is a student of God's Word. He has no formal education, but has spent the better part of 20 years studying The Bible by following subject and object, and studying the original languages of the Scriptures. You can too.



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