Thursday, May 18, 2006

Great Minds Think Alike?

Hopefully, all the readers of this site are aware that I am a Christadelphian. This is a Christadelphian blog. I just happened to be going for a stroll in a quiet corner of the world wide interweb, searching on an unrelated topic and came across the Wikipedia entry for Christadelphians. I thought this quote might interest you.

“There have been small groups of believers down the centuries, and particularly since the Reformation, who held unorthodox views. Groups such as the Anabaptists, Waldenses, Socinians, Racovians and the Polish Brethren shared some or even many beliefs held by Christadelphians. Isaac Newton, Joseph Priestley, John Locke, William Tyndale all appear to have held beliefs close to those of Christadelphians on the unity of God, the mortality of man and the role of the Jews in God's purpose.”
Now the point I thought might interest you was that great minds such as William Tyndale (translator of the Bible), Joseph Priestly (co-discoverer of oxygen) and Isaac Newton (inventor of gravity ;) share beliefs with the Christadelphians. In fact, Newton wrote more on the Bible than on physics. Again, quoting Wiki, “In his own lifetime, Newton wrote more on religion than he did on natural science.”

If great minds like these devoted attention to the scriptures and ended up with views similar to those of the Christadelphians regarding the mortality of man (Christadelphians believe that man does not possess an immortal soul), the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christadelphians are Evangelical Unitarians and believe that Christ was a mortal man although the Son of God) and the promised reward (Christadelphians believe this is resurrection to immortality in the kingdom of God established here on earth), surely that is an encouraging indicator. Not by any means proof, but worth thinking about.

Let me know what you think.


Julie said...

I had heard that thing about Newton before too- but I wouldn't go too far with that example because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God..but yes I do see your point...but one doesn't have to be a scientist of sorts to understand the Bible message...but those people mentioned probably did have a great study ethic and were motivated to learn Truth. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm not a Christadelphian, but I think that some of their unorthodox views are the closest to what the Bible really teaches about Jesus, the soul, satan/devil, and the atonement. Does that make me one of the "great minds"? :0)

CalledAppointed said...

Thanks for the link to Evangelical Unitarians. I had never heard the term before. Both terms (Evangelical and Unitarian) might be criticized, but the link helps.