THE HISTORICAL JESUS: SPINOZA’S INFLUENCE

Whenever evangelicals “search for the ‘historical Jesus'” as well practice historical-critical hermeneutical ideologies, knowingly or unknowingly, they fulfill Baruch Spinoza’s high-handed intention of creating an endless nominalistic barrage of questions focused soley on issues behind the text rather than allowing the text of Scripture itself to speak.  His ultimate purpose: TO SILENCE SCRIPTURE IN ORDER TO DESTROY THE OT & NT INFLUENCE OVER SOCIETY.  HE ACCOMPLISHES HIS GOAL EVEN IN HIS GRAVE EVERYTIME SOMEONE ENGAGES THESE APPROACHES.

 RIGHT: SPINOZA’S GRAVE in the churchyard of the Christian Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague

LEFT: THE FATHER OF MODERN OT & NT CRITICISM

Heinrich Heine, famous German Philosopher and theologian, said . . .

“All of our contemporary philosophers, perhaps often without knowing it, see through the lenses ground by Baruch Spinoza.”

 For the tremendous influence of Spinoza on subsequent philosophers in Germany, see Heinrich Heine, On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany and Other Writings.  Ed. Terry Pinkard (Cambridge: University Press, 2007) xx, 50-54, 59, 99, 108, 110 (quote from p. 187).

 

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