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The New Jew and the Bible

  • Date Submitted: 03/18/2016 01:41 PM
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Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677), was a philosopher from the 17th century which his importance of his work was not fully realized until many years after his death. Spinoza's work centered upon a modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe.
The movie “The Apostle of Reason” (1994), written by Tariq Ali, was shown in defense of philosophy. The film presents the life and thought of Spinoza against the chaos of seventeenth-century Europe. A fascinating modern man, Spinoza challenged orthodoxy in both religion and politics. Spinoza makes his life difficult. Going against religion those days is not a normal thing.
Therefore, one scene from the movie, that really took my breath away is when Spinoza being ask how he knows that his philosophy is better than what was thought, is thought, and will ever be thought. Spinoza does not get anxious at all, his answer just explain all you have to know about his personality. He replies, "I could ask you the same question? I know what I know. I understand the true philosophy..." Thus, Spinoza is so brave, and he is a big believer in his own philosophy, that he does not even try to explain for details why he is right. His answer shows that he is arrogant maybe, but unequivocally trust that his own ideas are right.
Spinoza thinks that people should create form of state that their laws are mainly for the good of the society. If it means that people will have their religious ceremonies it is fine, but one not forget his personal responsibilities to be a good man. Spinoza believe that, "…everyone should be allowed the liberty of their own judgment and authority to interpret the fundamentals of faith according to their own minds" (TPT 10). This means that Spinoza thinks that in the world people should live with freedom to decide by themselves which laws, ethics, beliefs, rules, ceremonies, and moral thought they are willing to follow. This way there will not be any rebel for...


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