Radical Protestantism in Spinozas Thought Graeme Hunter

ISBN: 9780754603757

Published: March 7th 2005


196 pages


Radical Protestantism in Spinozas Thought  by  Graeme Hunter

Radical Protestantism in Spinozas Thought by Graeme Hunter
March 7th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 196 pages | ISBN: 9780754603757 | 8.66 Mb

Spinoza is praised as a father of atheism, a precursor of the Enlightenment, an anti-theologian and a father of political liberalism. When the religious dimension of Spinozas thought cannot be ignored, it is usually dismissed as some form of mysticism or pantheism. This book explores the positive references to Christianity presented throughout Spinozas works, focusing particularly on the Tractatus Theologico-politicus. Arguing that advocates of the anti-Christian or un-Christian Spinoza fail to look beyond Spinozas ethics, which has the least to say about Christianity, Graeme Hunter offers a fresh interpretation of Spinozas most important works and his philosophical and religious thought.

While there is no evidence that Spinoza became a Christian in any formal sense, Hunter argues that his aim was neither to be heretical nor atheistic, but rather to effect a radical reform of Christianity and a return to simple Biblical practices.

This book presents a unique contribution to current debate for students and specialist scholars in philosophy of religion, the history of philosophy and early modern history.

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