Today, a Savior Was Born December 25, 2013

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  • You know, except for the alchemy stuff.

  • Well, nobody’s perfect. XD At least our December-born celebrity dead dude is – being human and real – realistically fallible, is how I’ve come to look at it.

  • Greg G.

    Isqac Newton, Blaise Pascal, and William Shakespeare decided to play Hide & Seek. William covered his eyes and began to count. Blaise ducked behind a tree. Isaac drew a square in the dirt and stepped into it.

    William finished counting and called out, “Ready or not, here I come!” Immediately he said, “I found you, Isaac! ”

    Isaac replied, “No, you found one Newton per square meter. You found Pascal!”

  • The point I try to make whenever theists bring up the fact that Newton believed in god is that he’s known primarily for those thing she was correct about.

    He’s not known for his views on alchemy, for instance.

    (Edit) I’m not even going to counter auto correct

  • Jeremiah Traeger

    Merry Christmas, Hemant and fellow heathens!

  • wallofseparation

    Problem is, much like Jesus…he wasn’t actually born in December, but January 4th.

  • Jackk

    Well, at the time, it certainly felt like Christmas:

  • By his own reckoning (the Julian calendar) he was born on December 25. I think it is reasonable to recognize his birthday when he did.

  • But alchemy wasn’t an unreasonable thing at that time. This was before Mendeleev, before there was any sort of scientific understanding of chemistry. Indeed, it was while the modern scientific method was still being developed.

    As brilliant as Newton was, we can hardly expect him to think like a modern scientist. In many respects, he was much more a mathematician than a scientist, in any case.

  • Blacksheep

    “The Bible tells us how to go to Heaven, not how the heavens go.”

    – Newton

    Happy Holidays to all on FA!

  • wallofseparation

    Sure, just as appropriate as celebrating Jesus’s birth in December because that’s whats Christians want.

    Just mentioning the facts…celebrate away.

  • Of course, it’s known even by educated Christians that the mythological Jesus (the one described in the Bible) couldn’t have been born in December. And if there was an actual person at the core of the Jesus myth, he could have been born on any day… there is no historical record.

    Newton, of course, was a real person, with a well documented birth date, which we can translate into any calendrical system we desire.

  • wallofseparation

    OMLogic, I cannot believe you are arguing this…here Happy Holidays for your ego…he thought he was born on December 25th.

    Just forget that the actual calendar of 365 days that counts those two weeks in September puts his actual birth in January.

    You are “right” all mighty Peterson…we can make up whatever calender we want.

  • guest

    It’s a shame that he was such a ruthless egomaniac. He tried to detroy the reputation of Gottfried Leibniz, to the point of having portraits of the man destroyed. He had a nasty temper.
    He also believed in God and would probably have found Newtonmass blasphemous.

  • Terry Firma

    He was a complicated fellow. Brilliant scientist, deluded alchemist, enthusiastic prosecutor of counterfeiters.

    “Convicting the most flagrant criminals could be extremely difficult. However, Newton proved to be equal to the task. Disguised as a habitué of bars and taverns, he gathered much of that evidence himself. For all the barriers placed to prosecution, and separating the branches of government, English law still had ancient and formidable customs of authority. Newton had himself made a justice of the peace in all the home counties — there is a draft of a letter regarding this matter stuck into Newton’s personal first edition of his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica which he must have been amending at the time. Then he conducted more than 100 cross-examinations of witnesses, informers, and suspects between June 1698 and Christmas 1699. Newton successfully prosecuted 28 coiners.”

    Some of whom were hanged, drawn, and quartered.

  • Not arguing. Just enjoying a bit of holiday pedantry.

  • wallofseparation

    Whatever you want to “believe”…go ahead though, get the last word.

  • EdmondWherever

    Wikiquote says it was Galileo. “The intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes.”
    But it’s a lovely thought, Merry Christmas!

  • “He also believed in God and would probably have found Newtonmass blasphemous.”

    Or at least inaccurate, as the newton is a unit of force rather than mass.

  • guest

    Merry Christmas, Blacksheep!

  • Blacksheep

    Thanks – Wikipedia had it attributed to him, but clearly it was G. Thanks – Merry Christmas to you as well!

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