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You know him as the rotund merry-maker in the red suit. But set aside the childhood myth. In this portrait, you’ll encounter the true St. Nicholas, a figure revered for his astonishing miracles and a humility that redirected all attention to God’s glory. You’ll be amazed to find St. Nicholas always turning up at just the right time—rescuing sailors from the certain death of a violent sea, saving three young women from a life of prostitution, and guarding an infant from the burns of a boiling bath.

A tireless defender of God’s truth and His people, St. Nicholas’s wonderful and mysterious deeds illustrate, time and again, a heart for the weak, the poor, and the endangered—truly “the patron saint of practically everybody” and one of the most fascinating figures in all of Christian history.

We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

Reading Guides

 

1.      How is young Isaac’s fist fight with Arthur Storer a picture of things to come?

2.      Do you think that being born ‘posthumously’ affected Newton’s personality in any significant way(s)?  If so, in what way(s)?

3.      How was Newton’s craftsmanship just as important as his intelligence for his scientific and mathematical discoveries?

4.      What aspects of Newton’s personality were responsible for his many successes?  How?

5.      What is Scholasticism?  Very briefly, what is Aristotelianism?  How was Newton’s science opposed to Aristotelianism?

6.      How did Cambridge’s lack of academic guidance benefit Newton?

7.      What revolution was taking place at the time of Newton’s undergraduate years?  Who were the main ‘revolutionaries’?  How did Newton become part of that revolution?

8.      How was Descartes’ philosophy mechanical?  What was significant about using the metaphor of a machine to describe the universe?  What was the previous metaphor?

9.      Explain the centrality of commonplace books (i.e., notebooks) in Newton’s life.

10.  Although Newton was initially a proponent of the Cartesian mechanical philosophy, he eventually distanced himself from it.  Why?  Why, then, do people today believe that the mechanical view of the universe is ‘Newtonian’?

11.  How did the black plague change Newton’s life?

12.  What was Newton’s view on the composition of light?

13.  Why was calculus necessary for mathematically describing the world? 

14.  What was Newton’s view of hypotheses?  How did this lead to trouble with Robert Hooke?

15.  Why did Newton refuse to provide an explanation of gravity in the Principia, even though he held beliefs about gravity’s source?  What did he believe caused gravity? 

16.  Why do you think Newton was reluctant to reveal his discoveries to the public?

17.  How was the Royal Society important in Newton’s life?

18.  Many people think that Newton was an atheist.  What evidence would you give to convince them otherwise?

19.  Newton has been criticized for having unorthodox Christian views.  What were these views?

20.  What is alchemy?  Why did Newton study it? 

21.  Which did Newton spend the most time on, alchemy, theology, or science/mathematics?  On which did he spend the least amount of time?

22.  How did Newton fulfill Plato’s ancient goal to ‘save the phenomena’?  How did Newton set the agenda for modern science?

23.  What was the Newton/Leibniz controversy about? 

24.  Why is the Principia the most important science text in history?

25.  What do Newton’s three laws of motion have in common with Euclid’s Elements?

26.  What law is the crowning achievement or “sole principle” of the Principia?  Why?

27.  Newton limited the goal of science to describing physical phenomena.  Explain.

28.  What was Newton’s ‘black year’?  What do you think caused it?

29.  From his time at the London Mint, what can you say about Newton’s personality?

30.  There were three main antagonists in Newton’s professional life.  Who were they?

31.  Try to succinctly summarize the significance of each chapter title

32.  Why is Newton called the ‘last magician’?

33.  John Newton inherited Newton’s estate.  How is John Newton a metaphor for Newton’s scientific heritage?

 

 

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Saint Nicholas, Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D.

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You know him as the rotund merry-maker in the red suit. But set aside the childhood myth. In this portrait, you’ll encounter the true St. Nicholas, a figure revered for his astonishing miracles and a humility that redirected all attention to God’s glory. You’ll be amazed to find St. Nicholas always turning up at just the right time—rescuing sailors from the certain death of a violent sea, saving three young women from a life of prostitution, and guarding an infant from the burns of a boiling bath.

A tireless defender of God’s truth and His people, St. Nicholas’s wonderful and mysterious deeds illustrate, time and again, a heart for the weak, the poor, and the endangered—truly “the patron saint of practically everybody” and one of the most fascinating figures in all of Christian history.

We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

More Information

Length 192 Pages
Occasion
  • Christmas
Series Christian Encounters Series
Publication Date October 12, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595551158
ISBN-13 9781595551153
Height 6.9"
Width 4.8"