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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:38 am 
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JERUSALEM -- Sir Isaac Newton predicted the world would come to an end 57 years from now, a TV network says, based on a document unearthed from a Jerusalem archive by a Canadian researcher.

Newton's sombre prediction is part of the documentary Newton: The Dark Heretic. In a statement promoting the program, to be aired March 1, the British Broadcasting Corp. said it will show a handwritten Newton document predicting the end of the world in 2060, according to calculations he made based on the Bible.

The BBC said the document was found in a Newton collection in the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem.

Raphael Weiser, director of the library's manuscripts and archives department, said Sunday that Canadian academic Stephen Snobelen had worked extensively on its Newton collection and had brought a BBC camera crew with him, but Weiser said he had not seen whatever document the program intended to present as evidence.

"They came here two months ago with a researcher from Nova Scotia," Weiser said Sunday. "He found in one of our folios this note and they are going to show it on their program."

Snobelen, of the University of King's College in Halifax, could not be reached on Sunday.

Weiser said he could not confirm the manuscript's contents or authenticity until it is revealed in the BBC film.

"I didn't see it with my own eyes," he said. "When they show it on TV, we will see it."

Newton, who died in 1727, won immortality for formulating the law of gravity, but he was also a theologian who wrote well over a million words on biblical subjects and was influenced by Hebrew scripture, according to academic articles on his work.

The BBC statement said he studied the Bible for more than 50 years, trying to unravel what he believed were God's secret laws of the universe.

The Israeli daily Maariv said the documents now in Jerusalem were discovered in England at the home of the Duke of Portsmouth and put on sale at the London auction house, Sotheby's, in 1930.

The buyer, named by the paper as Abraham Yehuda, later donated the collection to the Jewish National Library, it said.

Weiser said the library has never fully examined its wealth of Newton manuscripts.

"We have thousands of volumes of Newton," he said. "We haven't researched it all."


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:46 am 
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Hmmmmmmmm.... Perhaps the Earth will no onger be inhabitable, but the human spirit will survive, in one form or another, either here ... or in a galaxy far, far away.

But this is a GREAT find, Miro. It will be interesting to hear what those who can watch the special will write about it. The way our U.S. media is gagged, I doubt that we will have it broadcast in the States.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:39 am 
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Possibly the Christian people may have something to say sbout that though TW i guess theyd be interested no?
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[reply]Possibly the Christian people may have something to say sbout that though TW i guess theyd be interested no?
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Bergle, it's hard to say. No doubt [i]some[/i] of the Christians will always be curious and able to think outside the 4-square-gospel box ... but others will look at this as heresay. I find it difficult to believe that more than 40% of people polled say they believe in creationism! And the members of the Republican Congress and Senate who say THEY do is astounding. That means, pretty much, that they don't have a lot of respect for ancient archeology and carbon dating -- it says that either our science is too far off to get the dates right (and it can't be more than 6 thousand years old) or the Garden of Eden came long after decadent people populated the Earth... and if THAT'S the case, why would a Wise God put such innocent people in a secluded garden on a decadent Earth? If God is truly all-knowing, then God would have had to suspect that curiosity and temptation were inevitable. So, in essence, if the Garden of Eden was really here on this planet, Adam and Eve were actually set up to fail.

I'm not saying this to inflame anyone... I'm just making a secular observation.

Now, if we want to consider that Eden may have actually originated on a different planet that became colonized AFTER the Garden of Eden was flourishing, and the legends we call Genesis have been passed down from planet-to-planet for millenia until we finally wrote them into Genesis and called it GOSPEL, then there's a viable alternate possibility.

As to why this info would have been surpressed? You got me there... It seems Newton's prediction would fall into the "Last Days" concept quite easily.

I don't know why this info would be surpressed. My mind doesn't work like that. I say if it's interesting, toss it into the ring and let everyone look and debate and come up with his/her own conclusions.
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