Friday, April 19, 2013

Did Isaac Newton Exist?

Skeptics love to compare Jesus to mythical figures like Isis, Mithras, and Dionysis in order to try to show that he, too, was purely mythical. This terribly flawed historical methodology has its adherents all across the internet but is completely absent from serious scholarship. No serious scholar believes that Jesus did not exist.

World-renowned historian and skeptic, Bart Ehrman says this, "I have written an entire book on what Jesus did and didn't say and for him to have said anything at all he must have existed...No serious scholar believes that Jesus did not exist."

But just for kicks, Rob Bowman has used the same standards of the internet atheists who try to disprove Jesus' existence, to show that the same criteria can be used to show that Isaac Newton never existed!

Jesus Christ
Isaac Newton
His birthday has been given both as December 25 and as January 6.His birthday has been given both as December 25 and as January 4.
His birthday is celebrated by his followers as “Christmas,” and the period between December 25 and January 6 has been called “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”His birthday is celebrated by his followers as “Newtonmas,” and the period between December 25 and January 4 has been called “The Ten Days of Newtonmas.”
His name is that of a famous figure in the Old Testament (Joshua).His name is that of a famous figure in the Old Testament (Isaac).
John described him as “the true light that comes into the world.”He is described as bringing light to the world: “God said ‘Let Newton be’ and all was light” (Alexander Pope).
He was circumcised on the eighth day.He was baptized on the eighth day.
According to tradition, his grandmother’s name was Hannah (usually Anglicized as Anne.)His mother’s name was Hannah.
According to tradition, his mother’s husband died when he was young.His mother’s husband died before he was born.
He never married.He never married.
He was famous for his knowledgeable exposition of the Scriptures.He was famous for his knowledgeable exposition of the Scriptures.
He professed the same faith as that of his countrymen, but they regarded him as a heretic.He professed the same faith as that of his countrymen, but they regarded him as a heretic.
Commenting on the Book of Daniel, he stated that “this gospel of the kingdom must first be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”Commenting on the Book of Daniel, he stated that “the Gospel must first be preached in all nations before the great tribulation, and end of the world.”
He rejected the idea that people could determine a date for the end of the world.He rejected the idea that people could determine a date for the end of the world.
He is regarded by many as one of the greatest men ever to live on earth.He is regarded by many, in the words of Richard Dawkins, as “one of the truly great men ever to walk the earth.”
He was honored by the use of the Greek titlekurios, which can be translated “Sir.”He was honored by the use of the title “Sir.”
Portraits of him depict him with strikingly different appearances.Portraits of him depict him with strikingly different appearances.
Marty McFly used his name in vain in the filmBack to the Future.Doc Emmet Brown used his name in vain in the film Back to the Future II.

Original post here.

2 comments:

  1. The difference is it does not actually matter if Newton existed or not - his principals would still be true regardless of his existence. Without jesus, the foundation of christianity no longer exists.

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    1. Sure, the implications of Jesus' nonexistence are greater than the implications of Newton's nonexistence, but I'm not sure how that's relevant.

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