John Hutchinson Bibliography

Moses’s Principia 1724
A work, appearing between 1724 and 1727, which contained an attack on Newton. Hutchinson taught that the Hebrew scriptures contained a complete system of natural science and theology for which he gained many followers (known as Hutchinsonians who in 1756 were attacked for their sermons against reason and religion). In his commentary on the Creation and the flood in Genesis, Hutchinson claims that “the Hebrew language was form’d by God”, and that the Bible has always been misunderstood by ignorant scholars who have never grasped the true meaning of the Hebrew language. His critique of Newton won the approval of a group of Oxford dons and theologians and celebrated by the poet Christopher Smart in his Jubilate Agno, A Song from Bedlam, a poem which was not published until 1939.

Hutchinson was given a private education in mathematics and mechanics. He made experiments and wrote on the bible and scientific matters (collected works, 12 vols., 1748-49) whilst working as a family steward and then in 1728 as riding purveyor to the master of the royal horse.