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Title: Spinoza over ware godsdienst
Subtitle: Causaliteit en intelligibiliteit in de Tractatus theologico-politicus
Author(s): VAN BUNGE, Wiep
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 74    Issue: 2   Date: 2012   
Pages: 241-267
DOI: 10.2143/TVF.74.2.2162469

Abstract :
In this paper an attempt is made to argue for the coherence of Spinoza’s insistence on the truthfulness of Christianity. A lack of empirical data on the causal factors responsible for the occurrence of prophecies, the origins of Scripture, and the possibility of obtaining salvation by practicing obedience (to what he considers to be the moral essence of true religion) prohibits Spinoza from claiming mathematical certainty on the truth of revealed religion. The available Scriptural evidence, however, enables the author of the Tractatus theologico-politicus to conclude that we can be morally certain of the truth of Christianity. In view of Spinoza’s assessment of the cognitive possibilities offered by our temporary existence as finite modes this assessment of religion appears to make considerable sense.

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