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Whiston is remembered for reviving the heretical views of Arianism. Ordained in 1693, he served initially as chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich. He wrote A New Theory of the Earth (1696), which claimed that many biblical stories could be explained scientifically as accounts of events with historical bases. In 1701, he became assistant to Isaac Newton, Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University; two years later Whiston succeeded him.
oil on canvas
H 54.6 x W 40 cm