lessons from Spinoza


I am currently reading Spinoza’s Theologico- Politico treatise from where most of our reflections in the next few days will mainly come from unless we are rudely interrupted by criminal activity around the world for example car bombs, honor killings and any such madness, then we may add our commentary to that type of madness.

Spinoza advises thus

we must not go to the prophets for knowledge, either of natural or of spiritual phenomenon.

He continues in the next line to say

we have determined, then, that we are only bound to believe in the prophetic writings, the object and substance of the revelation; with regard to the details every one may believe or not, as he likes.

If only evangelicals let everyone in peace to believe or not to believe, we would have lesser things to fight over.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

18 thoughts on “lessons from Spinoza

  1. “If only evangelicals let everyone in peace to believe or not to believe, we would have lesser things to fight over.” Could not agree more. Spinoza also sounds like a body organ to me. “Damn, I strained my Spinoza lifting that box. I shoulda used more leg muscle.”

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  2. basenjibrian says:

    Not sure I feel bound to even listen to the core of the prophetic writings. Bound still bothers me. These writings can be a source of wisdom, but it is more than the details I am worried about.

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    • makagutu says:

      Your comment reminds of a similar one where the author says it is not the things they don’t understand in the Bible that worry them but those they understand

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    “If only evangelicals let everyone in peace to believe or not to believe, we would have lesser things to fight over.” Absolutely, Noel.

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  4. john zande says:

    Sadly, by their very name, Evangelical, it is something they are incapable of.

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  5. >>> “we must not go to the prophets for knowledge, either of natural or of spiritual phenomenon.”

    Right on, Spinoza!

    I’m also extremely impressed with your voracious appetite for literature, Noel. The thirst for knowledge is sorely lacking these days, particularly in America where its dumbed-down people are consuming themselves with gratuitously violent and frivolous entertainment.

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  6. shelldigger says:

    The prophets knowledge only tends to serve their own interests.

    …and the open to interpretation clause is why there are 10,000 sects of x-ianity. Each and every one of them sure in their interpretation, that all others are going straight to hell!

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