Spinoza’s Radical Theology : the Metaphysics of the Infinite
FIVE STARS. I’ve long been asking fellow students of philosophy who their favorite philosopher might be. Well, Professor Charlie Huenemann’s book has me convinced: next to Socrates/Plato, in the modern era, mine is Bennie Spinoza. This excerpt is from the first page of his concluding chapter, titled Spinoza vs Nietzsche:
Spinoza may have been the first philosopher to propose a metaphysical vision that so thoroughly integrates the deep reverence in ancient religion with the remorseless necessity of modern physics. He saw that nature is closed — no loopholes, no exceptions, and no magic — and indifferent to our plight. But he also experienced something divine in nature that had been discerned as well in revealed religion, although not in full clarity. He proposed not a compromise, but an integration: yes, nature is as cold and indifferent as a mechanistic physics implies, and, yes, the light of scripture is an expression of the reverence due to nature. He asked that metaphysics and religion take a step forwards and together into a synthesis that preserved the essence of each. (p.131, paperback edition, Acumen Publishing.)
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