Was Isaac Newton religious?

Britain's greatest physicist, who formulated the laws of gravity and of motion, wrote far more about religion than about science.


Indeed, even in an era when almost everyone had faith of some kind, Sir Isaac Newton was exceptional for the intensity of his.


Newton wrote some two million words on subjects including Biblical interpretation, the Holy Trinity and the idea that the Universe “could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being”.

Though he possessed some radical, almost heretical views, he also wrote strongly to condemn atheism, and argued that ancient temples – such as Stonehenge – had been built along heavenly patterns in the worship of the creator God.


Most surprising of all, Newton pored over Biblical texts looking for clues prophesying future events, and predicted that the Apocalypse would come in the year 2060.

Answered by one of our Q&A experts, Greg Jenner. For more fascinating Q&A’s, pick up a copy of History Revealed.