Updated: Jul 16, 2019
Albert Einstein was once pressed to answer the question of whether he believed in God or not. He answered, "I believe in Spinoza's God."
Baruch Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher. He came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. Spinoza is an interesting character because, on the one hand, he was an atheist, denying the God of theism and the idea of God as a supreme being. And yet, no philosopher spoke more about God and evoked the concept of God in his writings, than Spinoza. In fact, he was often referred to as a "God-intoxicated man."
Hmmm - atheist and God-intoxicated???
Spinoza is one of my favorite heretics. I see many people who leave religion spin their wheels about what to believe about God. In my estimation, understanding Spinoza's views would provide a meaningful pathway out of this dilemma.
I will be leading a series of discussions in philosophy and how they relate to our journey of personal growth and development. Some of the great thinkers and areas included are:
Friedrich Nietzsche and human metamorphosis Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd Spinoza and non-theist views of God Simone de Beauvoir and Ethics of Ambiguity Jacques Derrida and deconstruction of language Martin Heidegger and phenomenology Mary Wollstonecraft and feminism
If your are interested in more information about these philosophy discussions, message me your name and email address, and I will include you on the information email that I am sending this coming week.
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