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Theologico-Political Treatise — Part 1
Definition of prophecy. Distinction between revelation to Moses and to the other prophets. Between Christ and other recipients of revelation. Ambiguity of the word "Spirit." The different senses in which things may be referred to God. Different senses of "Spirit of God." Prophets perceived revelation by imagination. A mistake to suppose that prophecy can give knowledge of phenomena Certainty of prophecy based on: (1) Vividness of imagination, (2) A Sign, (3) Goodness of the Prophet. Variation of prophecy with the temperament and opinions of the individual. Happiness of Hebrews did not consist in the inferiority of the Gentile. Nor in philosophic knowledge or virtue. But in their conduct of affairs of state and escape from political dangers. Even this Distinction did not exist in the time of Abraham. Testimony from the Old Testament itself to the share of the Gentiles in the law and favour of God. Explanation of apparent discrepancy of the Epistle to the Romans. Answer to the arguments for the eternal election of the Jews. Laws either depend on natural necessity or on human decree. The existence of the latter not inconsistent with the former class of laws. Divine law a kind of law founded on human decree: called Divine from its object. Divine law: (1) universal; (2) independent of the truth of any historical narrative; (3) independent of rites and ceremonies; (4) its own reward. Reason does not present God as a law-giver for men. Such a conception a proof of ignorance - in Adam - in the Israelites - in Christians. Testimony of the Scriptures in favour of reason and the rational view of the Divine. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 989
Author: Spinoza, Benedictus de
Release Date: Jul 1, 1997
Translator: Elwes, R. H. M. (Robert Harvey Monro), 1853-
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