Choosing “well” ?! Padawan…(preparing?? to be an Outcast)…a “Whiston” wannabe…
“If his contemporaries found him overeager to sacrifice his career for the sake of principle, Whiston found his contemporaries far too ready to sacrifice any and all principle for the sake of preferment [personal advancement]–William Whiston–Honest Newtonian.
“One of Whiston’s outstanding qualities was his complete honesty.”
— English Versions of the Bible.
“Whiston used his scientific skills to research, ponder and draw conclusions in the world of religion. His beliefs against Trinitarianism and his belief in Primitive Christianity came from extensive reading and thinking.”—Robert Bruen, PhD.
Oh, what i RESPECT about Whiston?!…
Whiston applied his keen intellect to many topics, especially science and religion. He believed that the Bible’s account of creation is accurate and that the design, elegance, and order evident in nature point to a divine Architect.
Moreover, Whiston believed that the churches of Christendom had fragmented into many denominations because the clergy had strayed from the Bible, preferring the non-Biblical teachings and traditions of church councils and so-called Church Fathers.
Because Whiston recognized the Bible as a book of spiritual truth, he rejected the notion of eternal torment in hellfire. He viewed it as absurd and cruel, as well as an insult to God. What especially pitted him against church authorities, though, was his rejection of the Trinity, which doctrine defines God as three coequal and coeternal persons
—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yet, it is claimed that there are not three gods, but one god.
Bible teaches “True” nature of “God”…(like it teaches the true nature of male and female. 1. Men and women are physically different/built differently with complementary parts/abilities and 2. both bring different “wonderful” gifts to the human family table. In my POV, men and women are FAMILY–and should cooperate and not fight/compete.)
After careful research, Whiston concluded that the Trinity was not taught by early Christians but was later adopted when pagan philosophy infiltrated Christianity. His friends warned him about the perils of publishing his findings, but Whiston could not ignore what he perceived to be a perversion of Jesus’ true nature as the Son of God and a created being.
The University of Cambridge barred from office any who taught ideas contrary to Anglican doctrine, which meant that Whiston could lose his chair. Nevertheless, he did not keep silent
—unlike Newton, who also considered the Trinity to be a false teaching but was covert in expressing his views. Whiston wrote: “No worldly motives whatever . . . shall dissuade me.”
Courageously Choose “ TRUTH“…often times face expulsion, rejection, ostracism, financial squeeze…etc…labels of eccentricity or extremism or worse. (;) and/or self-publish their own incoherent ramblings, eh??)
In 1710, Whiston was expelled from Cambridge. Because he refused to compromise his beliefs, he “went from renowned academic to outcast.” Even then, he was not cowed. In fact, while being accused of heresy, he wrote a series of essays called
Primitive Christianity Revived“primitive” meaning original Christianity, that practiced by Jesus’ early followers. Later, Whiston founded the Society for Promoting Primitive Christianity, which met in his London home. —
Although losing his professorship and suffering financially for a time, Whiston continued to write and to lecture in coffeehouses in London. In 1737, as a contribution to the understanding of early Christianity’s historical context, he published his translation of Josephus’ writings. It has been in print ever since. [excerpted past readings,
Portraits From the Past: William Whiston, AWAKE! 2014]
11/14/18 @ 5:15 p.m.