SILLINESS….James Kirchick rightly takes Jeff Jacoby to task today for a dumb column implying that Isaac Newton couldn’t get a university job today because of his religious beliefs. But what’s up with this?
No disrespect to Sir Isaac, but it’s not a risky venture to posit that the Newtons of today don’t believe in some of the silly things Newton did 400 years ago (like alchemy, and the “domination of an intelligent and powerful Being” over the universe). And, were Newton alive today, I’d like to think he wouldn’t believe those silly things either.
Alchemy is indeed considered silly today, but belief in the “domination of an intelligent and powerful Being” over the universe is, um, still pretty widespread, isn’t it? Or did I miss a memo somewhere?