Gene Callahan points us to a man who is clearly not a scientific thinker, at least according to the criteria deployed by today’s rhetorical guardians of reason and knowledge. According to Wikipedia, this man used the Bible to make predictions about future events. He spent a great deal of time studying the dimensions and other properties of Solomon’s Temple (using the Bible’s first book of Kings as his chief source, which he translated himself from Hebrew), thinking they contained secrets to the universe, and in his own book on the subject he explained: “This philosophy, both speculative and active, is not only to be found in the volume of nature, but also in the sacred scriptures, as in Genesis, Job, Psalms, Isaiah and others. In the knowledge of this philosophy, God made Solomon the greatest philosopher in the world.”
Furthermore, this man wrote a great deal on the proper way to approach Biblical prophecy, wanting to refute clearly erroneous interpretations which (when falsified by events) would discredit the enterprise of learning objective truths about the natural world–and predicting future historical events–from reading the scriptures.
So who is this nutjob, who doesn’t understand the way empirical science works? Why it’s Isaac Newton, arguably the most important and greatest scientist in human history.