By Brayton Polka

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Part II of the Ethics introduces mind—the thought, conception, or idea of God (that we human beings possess); and slowly it begins to dawn on us that God does not exist outside of the human mind, outside of (without) our conception or idea of God. Then, as I show in volume II of this study, comes part III of the Ethics on the affects, which introduces us to the reality of human effort to comprehend God: conatus. But, again, it is all too easy to be seduced by Job’s friends in the guise of philosophical commentators.

We shall now proceed to see whether, as I intimated above, the God of the philosophers, whose sovereignty (authority), according to Spinoza, is infinite and absolute is no less democratic than the God revealed to the people by the prophets and whose mouthpiece is Christ. I shall discuss the eleven key chapters of the fifteen chapters of the Theologico-Political Treatise that involve the Bible and hermeneutics in the following order: chapters 4 and 5 (on the divine law and its relationship to histories and ceremonies such as they are found in Scripture); chapters 1–3 and 6 (on prophecy and miracles); chapters 7 and 15 (on hermeneutics); and chapters 12–14 (on the essential teaching of Scripture).

Nevertheless, it can teach and illuminate men insofar as it suffices to impress obedience and devotion on their minds. Thus, I think it is sufficiently clear from what I have written for whom and for what reason faith in the histories that are contained in the Sacred Scriptures is necessary” (68). Having distinguished between two kinds of demonstrations—deduction from axioms and teaching through historical narrative (experience)—and so between philosophers and the people, Spinoza then outlines a typology of four kinds of human beings based on their different relationships to history and truth: 1.

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