Study Questions #5 - Study Questions#5 Spinoza 1 What does...

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Study Questions #5: Spinoza 1.What does it mean to know the divine law? – human law and divine law. “Human law is a rule for living whose only purpose is to protect life and preserve the country” (58). On the other hand, “divine law is the law which looks to the supreme good or the true knowledge and love of God” (58). Therefore, knowing the divine law means achieving our highest good and perfection which both depends on a knowledge of God alone. From this, Spinoza further explained that knowing the divine law means: a) Seeing it as universal or common to all men. b) It does not require belief in any kind of historical narrative. c) Natural divine law does not require ceremonies. (These symbolic representations of some goods cannot improve our understanding). d) Seeing the supreme reward of the divine law is to know the law itself, that is, to know God and to love him in true liberty with whole and constant minds. The penalty is lack of these things and enslavement to the flesh, or an inconstant and wavering mind.

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