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Catalog Name THEM00014
Document Keynes Ms. 106
Title Correspondence with Thomas Burnet
Author Isaac Newton
Place of Origin England
Origin Date 13 January 1681 and later
Repository King's College
Wordcount 7,295
Language English;Latin;Greek;Hebrew;

Burnet, fellow of Christ's College, communicated with Newton in relation to his forthcoming Sacred History of the Earth. Newton argued that Moses's account of Creation should be taken as true, despite the fact that Moses had to dumb down ('accommodate') his language to make it comprehensible to ordinary people. He also claimed that various mundane chemical phenomena can shed light on how God created order out of chaos.

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