Thomas Burnet Facts

Thomas Burnet Facts
Thomas Burnet (1635 to September 27, 1715) was an early British geologist and cosmogonist.
Interesting Thomas Burnet Facts:
We know little of Burnet's early life but he attended the Freeschool of Northallerton.
In 1651 he entered Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1655.
He transferred to Christ's College in 1657 when Ralph Cudworth, the Master of Clare moved there.
Burnet earned his MA in 1658.
He became proctor in 1667.
He was employed as a traveling companion to Lord Wiltshire and tutor to Lord Ossory.
James Butler, grandfather of Lord Ossory, helped him get an appointment as master of Charterhouse School.
He participated in the Revolution of 1688 which overthrew King James II and replaced him with William of Orange.
He received appointment as Clerk of the Closet to William.
In 1681 Burnet published Sacred Theory of the Earth in Latin and followed it in 1684 with an English translation.
It was an attempt to reconcile the events of Creation as described in Genesis with observable facts.
For example he posited a hollow earth full of water since his calculations of the amount of water on the Earth's surface would not be enough to fit the account of the Flood of Noah.
Burnet's book engendered a great deal of controversy in its day.
In 1692 Burnet published Archaeologiae Philosophicae sive Doctrina Antiqua de Rerum Originibus.
In it he questioned whether the Fall of Man was a symbolic event rather than a literal one.
The resulting furor among his contemporary theologians caused him to resign his post as Clerk.
Isaac Newton was one of Burnet's supporters.
Newton tried to reconcile the history of the earth and the Genesis account by suggesting to Burnet that when God created the earth the days were longer.


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