The quote continues: “The Church made the mistake of accepting this role for God. When it became clear that the heavenly bodies did not need divine intervention to keep them on an even keel, the Church was left stranded and defenseless against the arguments of atheists, that a God with nothing to do is no God at all”
“Newton gave us a God of awesome power, sovereign, absolute. He was Lord of Dominion, ruler supreme. At the same time, he was given specific, somewhat menial tasks to perform, among them making periodic corrections to the motions of the celestial bodies” (Jeremy Campbell, The Many Faces of GOD (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2006) p. xvii).