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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Enlightenment November 8, 2005 TA Menachem 11:00-12:15 Section 18 Spinoza Spinoza in his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus has a lot of opinions that I would agree with and would not agree with. Spinoza talks about God and his meaning to the people, among other things. There are actually a lot of different things that Spinoza talks about. In chapter fourteen, when he talks about faith and how one can have faith, Spinoza believes that faith is only based on obedience. He has a list of things that show how one can have faith, and most of it is about obedience to God. I believe that this is true, but there must be more than obedience to be faithful. One must also have the courage and trust in God to be faithful. Faith is a trust that is blind. Once one has enough to trust to believe in God, then obedience is necessary, but without any trust, there won’t be any faith. “The aim of philosophy is, quite simple, truth, while the aim of faith, as we have
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