(Related to Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?) Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the person who discovered gravity when he observed the fall of an apple or his discovery of light being a particle, but few are aware of his religious views. For one, he held much disdain for Catholics and the Anglican church. He was an Antitrinitarian monotheist, declaring the trinity idolatry. Some would call him a heretic. Many did, but he has never been ostracized. He was not public about his views and his study of alchemy. Today, is he still branded as a heretic?

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    Trinitarians would still consider him a heretic, Arians wouldn't. Why would anything have changed?
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 23:37
  • @curiousdannii Well, just as the Church condemned Galileo and Columbus, but today accept their views, so it might be so with Isaac Newton.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 23:42
  • I don't know what you mean in regards to Columbus, but there's no parallel with Galileo. A minor disagreement over scientific readings of the Bible is very different from disputing the eternal divinity of Jesus.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 23:44
  • @curiousdannii The Curch understood that the world was round, their dispute with Columbus was whether or not there was space for a new continent. As with Galileo, I wouldn't call it minor. Copernicus was treated well in his own time but his ideas were later banned, and Galileo's official pardon from the Vatican wouldn't be issued until the end of the last century. Not to mention that he was ordered to retract his statements. From what I can tell, Newton believed in Jesus but did not consider him divine.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 23:57
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