I was thinking in the rise of the so called "scientific revolution" (I know this is a broad period of history and science actually developed gradually, but you get the idea) and the development of atheism, which I think is an inevitable consequence of that evolution. Well my question is why did great scientists like Newton interested in subjects like Alchemy? I do get the idea of studying physics and mathematics, besides personal interest in a way of "seeing" God represented in perfect natural laws. I don't understand alchemy and it almost seems paradoxical, that a deeply religious man would study how to create living things, when the creation is so sacrade in Christianity's eyes, it almost seems a bit of heresy, if we can call it that. Thanks

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    $\begingroup$ Newton's alchemy was more focused on transmuting metals into gold (the "philosopher's stone") than living things. And even his involvement with "elixir of life" was not about "creating" living things, but about rejuvenation and extending life already created. Given the state of chemistry and medicine at the time, both seemed like part of doing science, Newton was conducting genuine chemical experiments. On Newton's theology see Snobelen. $\endgroup$ – Conifold Feb 22 at 22:13

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