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A Theologico Political Treatise Part I

Auhtor: Baruch Spinoza

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Excerpts from the Book 'A Theologico Political Treatise Part I':

... This element of inconsistency has been the cause of many terrible wars and revolutions for, as Curtius well says (lib. iv. chap. 10): The mob ...
... would no longer fiercely persecute, but rather be filled with pity and compassion. (31) Furthermore, if any Divine light were in them, it ...
... the mind, as all who have enjoyed intellectual certainty will doubtless attest. (11) Here, however, my chief purpose is to speak of matters having ...
... (i.e. not with actual words and an actual voice). (44) My servant Moses is not so with him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, ...
... than a mind, a heart, and a body are attributed to God in Scripture, as in Ps. xxxiii:6. (98) Hence it gets to mean the power, strength, or faculty ...
... our ignorance of Nature. (117) It is absolute folly, therefore, to ascribe an event to the power of God when we know not its natural cause, which ...
... them, for Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord departing from the Temple in a different form from that presented to Ezekiel. (55) The Rabbis, indeed, ...
... conjecture that, from the amount of snow in the air (see Josh. x:11), the refraction may have been greater than usual, or that there may have ...
... thus leaving Moses no ground for supposing that the Israelites were more beloved by God than the other nations whose guardianship He had entrusted ...
... without bearing on charity or morality the prophets could be, and, in fact, were, ignorant, and held conflicting opinions. (126) It therefore ...
... and the breaking of the covenant is threatened the downfall of the commonwealth and great hardships. (33) Nor is this to be wondered at for ...
... and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the Lord to do either good or bad of my own mind but what the Lord saith, that will I speak. ...
... Pharisees, however, vehemently contend that this Divine gift was peculiar to their nation, and that the other nations foretold the future (what ...
... well be said to depend on man's decree, for it principally depends on the power of the human mind so that the human mind in respect to its perception ...
... of histories cannot give us the knowledge and love of God, I do not deny that reading them is very useful with a view to life in the world, for ...
... such as were written by him, who speaks with all the strength of his natural understanding, in which he surpassed all his contemporaries, ...
... these few words, Cease to do evil, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed. (7) Not less striking testimony is given in Psalm ...
... a wretched and almost animal life, and even they would not be able to acquire their few rude necessaries without assisting one another to a ...
... to reap, nor even to eat to clothe themselves, to shave, to rejoice, or in fact to do anything whatever as they liked, but were bound to follow ...
... which they inculcate. (87) Therefore, if a man were to read the Scripture narratives believing the whole of them, but were to give no heed ...